A 19-year-old was shot and killed in the central city of Qalansawe in the early hours of Friday, becoming the 25th member of the Arab community to die in Israel in violent circumstances this year.
A further three people were also wounded in the incident — two were in serious condition while the third was classified as lightly injured.
The fatality was identified as Leith Nasra.
According to reports, he was killed in his home after the attacker cut the electricity, entered, and began to open fire.
Two of Nasra’s friends were seriously wounded, while another was lightly hurt, according to Hebrew-language reports.
The Kan public broadcaster said the victims were known to police and an initial probe found the shooting was part of a dispute between criminals. Police have opened an investigation.
The victims were taken by Magen David Adom medics to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva and to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, where medical personnel confirmed the death and treated the wounded.
“What did he do to get himself killed? We can’t continue to live like this. The writing was on the wall,” Nasra’s family members told Ynet.
As of Friday, 25 Arabs have died violently this year in Israel: 19 Arab Israeli citizens, four Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, and two Palestinians from the West Bank. Three were shot by police, while the remaining 21 were killed in intra-communal violence, the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit said.
On Sunday, a man was killed near his home in a shooting in the Arab town of Tira, while earlier last week a teenager was killed and another boy was seriously wounded in a shooting in the town of Jaljulia in central Israel.
Earlier this month, the director-general of the Qalansawe Municipality was shot and seriously wounded while sitting in his car.
Ending the spread of violence and organized crime is a major priority for Arab Israelis and the focus of recent mass protests.
In 2020, 96 Arab Israelis were killed, by far the highest annual toll in recent memory.
More than 90 percent of shootings in Israel last year took place in Arab communities, according to police. Arab Israelis account for around one-fifth of the country’s population.