Mafia wars heat up in Netanya

Stun grenade thrown at crime family restaurant.

July 4, 2010 00:19
Mafia wars heat up in Netanya

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A stun grenade was thrown at the Bat Haikar restaurant, owned by the Abutbul crime family, in Netanya Saturday night, lightly shocking a woman in the area. The attack came a day after arsonists burned down three separate locations of the restaurant chain.

Three separate locations of the Bat Haikar chain, all owned by prominent underworld figure Francois Abutbul, were burned Friday night.

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The Sha'ar Hagai location was targeted again Saturday night with a stun grenade.

The Friday fire at Sha'ar Hagai was extinguished by fire crews before it caused any damage. As it appears, the arsonists returned Saturday for another round of damage.

The two other Bat Haikar restaurants sustained heavier damage in the original attempt by the arsonists.

Francois Abutbul, is currently serving a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for assaulting his wife. His brother, Assi, is also serving a prison sentence for threats and blackmail.

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