(photo credit: RON FRIEDMAN)
Police raided a Lod home on Tuesday, seizing large numbers of weapons, including
machine guns, a submachine gun and handguns, in an operation linked to the
brutal killing of a man in Lod during a feud between two clans on
Thirteen people belonging to the Abu Sa’aluk clan, which owned
the home, were arrested during the raid.
Police believe Saturday’s
incident began in the early evening with an argument at a Lod mosque between the
Azberja and Abu Sa’aluk clans. A man from the Azberja clan had attempted to
enter the mosque, but was called “filthy” by a member of the rival
The verbal confrontation quickly turned into a mass brawl between
the two sides, resulting in a 47-year-old member from the Azberja clan
stabbed to death on Herzl Street.
Large numbers of police from the Lod
Police station and the Central Police District’s central unit took part
Tuesday’s raid, which marked a change in the police’s approach towards
families in Lod.
“We are going from a static situation to one of
preemption,” a police spokesman told Israel Radio on Tuesday.
acting in this way so that no one in Lod will be able to think that they
what they want,” he added.
Police will rely on intelligence and
preventive raids to prevent further clan violence, the spokesman said.