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Car bombed in Ramla, Israel. Dec. 26, 2021

An Arab woman was killed and two others were injured on Sunday in a powerful car bombing in the Jawarish neighborhood in the city of Ramla.

The police stated that it launched an investigation into the circumstances of an explosion in a vehicle in the Jawarish neighborhood.

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The two injured victims, a mother and daughter, were evacuated to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center for treatment.

The explosion caused the destruction of another two cars and damaged a nearby building.

Police sappers searched the site for other explosive charges and forensic investigators collected findings at the site.

It is unclear of the woman killed in the blast was the target of the apparent hit.

The Jarushi clan, a known Arab crime family from the neighborhood, has been torn in recent months be an ongoing blood feud that has claimed several lives.

This incident appears to be the latest in the seemingly endless line of criminal incidents in the Arab sector.

The Arab sector has been suffering from a wave of crime and violence in recent years. Arab-Israeli society is plagued with daily incidents of violence. Over 110 Arabs were killed in criminal violence in 2020 and 127 so far in 2021, setting a new dubious record.

The police increased its activity against the plague of shootings and weapons offenses in recent years, and in 2020 arrested 5,713 suspects in shootings and other weapons crimes throughout the country, an increase of 22% compared to 2019.

The vast majority of police activity was carried out in the Arab sector, and about 90% of the suspects arrested for shooting and weapons offenses were Arab Israelis.

Approximately 85% of the indictments filed in Israel in 2020 for shooting, illegal possession of weapons, trafficking, and illegal use of weapons have been filed against suspects from the Arab society.

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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.