Man shot, officer wounded, cop cars set alight in clash at wedding in Arab town

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.

The town of Bi’ina is located in the Galilee, adjacent to the town and the local council of Deir al-Asad, near Karmiel.

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