Seven wounded, one dead after a shooting in Rahat

A fight between two families turned into a shooting in the southern-Israel Bedouin city of Rahat on Thursday night, according to police reports.

Seven people were injured and one was killed by gunfire in a fight in neighborhood 26 in the city.

The MDA team that was called to the scene gave them medical treatment and evacuated seven of them to the Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba, suffering from penetrating injuries.

A young man in his 20s was pronounced dead. According to the Abraham Initiatives, a peace-building organization that tracks crime rates in the Arab-Israeli community, this man marks the 65th Arab crime-related murder so far in this calendar year. 

What happened?

A preliminary investigation shows that the background to the case is a conflict between two families. Police arrested the two suspects, a 30-year-old Rahat resident and a 26-year-old. 

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