Violence erupted Saturday in the northern Arab town of Bi’ina between police and residents, after officers responded to reports of gunfire during a wedding in the area.
According to the police, shots were fired during the clash, resulting in the serious injury of a 31-year-old resident of the area. A 26-year-old officer was moderately wounded from a stone thrown from a building. Both were taken by medics to a hospital in Nahariya.
According to local testimonies, the 31-year-old was injured by officers’ gunfire.
At least four other people were reported wounded during the clash, a medic told Channel 12 news.
Police said clashes occurred after officers responded to reports of gunfire during celebrations in the town. Celebratory gunfire is a common phenomenon at weddings in the Arab community.
Two police cars were set alight amid the clash. Police said additional officers continued to work at the scene.
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The town of Bi’ina is located in the Galilee, adjacent to the town and the local council of Deir al-Asad, near Karmiel.