Beduin strike after death of Rahat man in clash

A one-day general strike was held Sunday in Beduin towns and villages across southern Israel, to protest the death of a Rahat man who died following a clash between locals and police on Wednesday night.

The victim, 21-year-old Sami al-Ajar, was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound hours after police came to the village to execute a search warrant against a suspected drug house in the Beduin city. On Thursday the Justice Ministry said they had opened a probe into the shooting to determine the source of the bullet and also to determine if the officers behaved appropriately during the raid.

Police said they were attacked during the raid and fired shots in the air in order to extricate themselves from the scene.


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