Taibeh Shootout Between Police, Gangsters Leaves 1 Dead (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/16/12)
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A shootout between an Israel Police tactical unit and members of the
Abd al-Kader crime family in Taibeh – an Arab town east of Kfar Saba –
resulted in the death of an Arab gunman.
According to police, the officers were conducting an operation on
Wednesday to remove cameras and barriers placed by the Abd al-Kader´s
when they came face-to-face with a pair local gunmen.
A senior police official close to the investigation of the incident
told Arutz Sheva "the officers feared for their lives," which led
them to open fire when the men brandished their Kalashnikov assault
The ensuing gunfight, which took place near a local school, resulted
in large numbers of police and emergency personnel being dispatched
to the scene. Police have arrested five local Arabs in connection
with the firefight.
Last month, police arrested five members of the Abd al-Kader crime
family during a raid on the family compound. The arrests came after
members of the family threatened police officials who removed
security cameras and barriers placed around the compound by the clan.
For several weeks police and the Abd al-Kaders played a cat-and-mouse
game wherein police removed the barriers and the family reinstalled
them – leading to Wednesday´s shootout.
Taibe residents told reporters that, when police operations are over,
the barriers and cameras will most likely return.
According to local residents no one dares pass through the
neighborhood where the Abd al-Kader compound lies due to harassment
by clan members who detain passersby and interrogate them about their
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch visited the city in
March and met with the clan´s leader, but no details of their meeting
were given. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/16/12)
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