A father and son were shot dead during a mass brawl in the Beduin city of Rahat
on Saturday night.
Malak al-Abid, 55, and his son, Samih al-Abid, 20,
were both declared dead by doctors at the Soroka University Medical Center in
Beersheba on Sunday night after attempts to resuscitate them
According to reports, the fight was sparked by a dispute over who
would succeed the head of a family who died last year. Police received a report
of a mass brawl at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
dozens of participants, some of them armed with an variety of
Several participants were arrested on the spot.
police district head Cmdr. Yochanan Danino deployed reinforcements to the
Danino described the incident as extremely serious, and has tasked
the special Negev Central Unit, headed by Dep.- Cmdr. Dudu Boani, with
the investigation into the double homicide.
Over the past 24 hours, a
total 17 suspects in possession of weapons were arrested, and officers
maintained an increased presence in the town in an attempt to restore
Several firearms were confiscated during the arrests on Saturday