One Killed, Six Wounded in Shooting in Israeli Bedouin City

The death toll from violence in Israel's Arab community stands at 60 since the beginning of 2022

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An MDA vehicle in Rahat, in April.
An MDA vehicle in Rahat, in April.Credit: Ilan Assyag

A man was shot to death and six others were wounded on Thursday in a shooting that followed a dispute between two families in the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel.

Thirty-old physical education teacher Wisam Abu Ajami was shot to death, another 30-year-old man was severely wounded, a woman aged 40 and two men aged 67 and 20 were moderately wounded, and two others were lightly wounded.

"Great pain. I can't recognize that a man like him could be murdered," a friend of Abu Ajami told Haaretz, adding that his friend was not involved in criminal activity. "He loved helping people and lived a sporty life."

This comes amid a feud between the Algha'ar and Abu Ajami families. Abu Ajami's sister was supposed to get married on Friday.

Last week, a 40-year-old man was shot dead in his car in the Arab city of Tira in central Israel. His son, aged 5 was seriously wounded, and his 12-year-old nephew who was also with him is in a moderate condition.

On the same day, five men were moderately and lightly wounded when an armed man arrived at a mourners' gathering in the Arab city of Kafr Qasem and began shooting indiscriminately at those present, according to eyewitnesses.

The death toll from violence in the Arab community in Israel since the beginning of 2022 stands at 60. Earlier in July, a 60-year-old man was shot dead in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod, in front of his wife and son.

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