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Bedouin lawyer killed in Negev-area village

June 13, 2017 12:27 P.M. (Updated: June 14, 2017 9:56 A.M.)
NEGEV (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead in the Negev region of southern Israel on Monday evening, according to Israeli police and local sources.

Police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in statement that Adam al-Hawashla, a 42-year-old from the Bedouin village of Hura, was shot in Molda, another Negev-area Bedouin community.

Locals said that Hawashla, a lawyer, was targeted by unidentified assailants as he was leaving the mosque following Ramadan prayers.

Al-Hawashla was pronounced dead shortly upon arrival at the Soroka hospital in Beersheba, al-Samri added.

Palestinian-majority areas in Israel have seen an increase in gun violence in recent years, while members of the Arab Joint List, a coalition of political parties representing Palestinian citizens of Israel, have called on authorities to crack down on illegal weapons in Israel’s Palestinian communities, where there is a disproportionate lack of policing compared to Jewish-majority neighborhoods.

A Knesset report on Bedouins residing in Israel warned of “high rates of unemployment, poverty, and crime” in Bedouin communities in the Negev, where more than half of the 160,000-strong Bedouin population resides in unrecognized villages with little to no access to infrastructure, health, and education, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
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