Police found a 34-year-old man shot dead at a building site in Rehovot Saturday morning, in what is believed to be the latest in a long series of underworld killings in Israel in recent months.

Shfela subdistrict police named the man, who was shot at close range, as Kamal Abu Mor of Gedera. Abu Mor was reputedly a member of the Abu Mor organization based in Rehovot, and his killing is believed to be linked to a battle over control of building site protection rackets.

Police said Abu Mor was working for a security company at the site when he was shot Friday night.

According to a police investigation from July, the Abu Mor organization demands protection fees at around 500 building sites across Israel, where they then provide security services. Contractors who don’t pay their fees typically find their sites suffering sabotage, arson and other damage.

Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, Central District police said it had tasked a special investigative team with the case.

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