Deputy Mayor of Israeli Arab City Attacked in Home

Two suspects have been arrested over attacking deputy mayor of northern Israel city Umm al-Fahm following their opposition to a municipal decision

Deiaa Haj Yahia
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Deputy Mayor Zaki Aghbaria.
Deputy Mayor Zaki Aghbaria.Credit: City of Umm al-Fahm
Deiaa Haj Yahia
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The deputy mayor of the northern city of Umm al-Fahm and several of his children were attacked in their home on Saturday. Israeli police have arrested two out of three men who are suspected of the assault.

According to police, the three suspects – a 62-year-old man and his two sons in their 30s – entered the home of Deputy Mayor Zaki Aghbaria after they disagreed with a decision made by the municipality.

"The incident occurred after Aghbaria rejected the suspect's request and refused to break the law regarding planning and construction," a source in the municipality told Haaretz.

The suspects – all three residents of Umm al-Fahm - attacked Aghbaria and his four children, all in their 20s, who required medical attention following the incident.

Israel Police said two of the suspects – the father and one of the sons – were arrested shortly after the attack, and the third is expected to be arrested later on Saturday.

In addition, police have already requested that the two suspects remain in custody, and not be allowed to be released on bail.

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