Two Killed in Separate Shootings Raises Arab Israeli Death Toll to 68

'There were women and children, it's a main street, I can't believe there are shootings in broad daylight,' a resident of Baka al-Garbiyeh tells Haaretz

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Ramle resident Rami al-Hourti.
Ramle resident Rami al-Hourti.
Deiaa Haj Yahia
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A 49-year-old man was killed Saturday night in the central Israeli city of Ramle, followed shortly by another shooting in the Triangle area in central Israel in which a 47-year-old local resident was also killed. The two incidents mark 68 people who have been murdered in Israel's Arab community this year.

Ramle resident Rami al-Hourti was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being shot, where he was eventually pronounced dead. Five of al-Hourti's family members were detained for questioning, and sources say police believe the shooting was a familial conflict.

Muhammad Atamnah, a resident of Baka al-Garbiyeh, was also shot Saturday while sitting in his car according to medical officials. Atamnah was sprayed with bullets by a group of masked men who seemed to be waiting for him to arrive, killing him on the spot, according to eyewitness reports.

"I was in a nearby store when we heard gunshots from a very close range," Ahmed Anbusi told Haaretz. "It was very scary, and as we left we saw a masked man with a gun running before fleeing the scene in a car. There were women and children, it's a main street, I can't believe there are shootings in broad daylight."

The city's mayor Raed Daqa responded to the killings, saying "Anyone who wants to murder can get up in the morning, grab a weapon, kill, and disappear. It is easy to murder in Arab society because the police and the government make no arrests and conduct no investigations.

"Everyone is responsible," he continued. "Prime Minister Lapid, the Defense Minister and all their predecessors."

The killing is the latest in a wider conflict between two gangs, which has already claimed the lives of three others.

On Friday, a 50-year-old Arab man was shot and killed in the central city of Lod. Residents who spoke with Haaretz believe the murder was the result of a feud between two families.

According to Haaretz's latest count, 68 Arabs have been killed by intra-communal violence this year, which further saw 126 people murdered in 2021.

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