police car 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Ten youths suspected of belonging to a gang that attacked and stabbed people in
Ashdod at random were arrested on Monday for attempted murder.
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the suspects, five adults and five minors, stabbed two people on an Ashdod
beach, fatally wounding one man and leaving the second man in critical
condition, according to police.
“This is a violent and thuggish gang,
notorious for acts of thuggery among young people in Ashdod, which terrorized
youths in the city with the aim of strengthening their criminal standing,”
police said. Gang members attacked victims they did not know, “for no special
reason,” investigators said.
Three more people were subsequently stabbed
by the gang in Magic Park Ashdod; two people were moderately wounded.
gang was also allegedly involved in a mass brawl at the Nahal Lachish Park, in
which 13 youths were wounded, including some who were stabbed.
arrests followed a lengthy investigation by Ashdod police and the Lachish police
subdistrict’s central unit.
One hundred fifty people were
Cmdr. Yosi Pritani, head of the police southern district,
said he ordered additional resources to be made available to officers
investigating the gang.
Lt.-Cmdr. Alon Levavi, head of the Lachish
central unit, said the arrests represented “a clear police of zero tolerance
toward violence and thuggery... and the improvement of the sense of security of
The suspects are due to be charged on Thursday.