Bystander killed in fight by rival clans over the right to pray in one of the city's mosques, police said, in fourth case of violence between the Azbarja and the Abu-Saluq clans this year.
By Yaniv Kubovich Published 10:03 20.07.10
Israel Police forces arrested 13 members of the Abu-Saluq clan in Lod on Tuesday, after a bystander was killed and three people wounded in an altercation between two rival families over the weekend.
The latest spasm of violence Saturday was a fight by rival clans over the right to pray in one of the city's mosques, police said. This is the fourth case of violence between the Azbarja and the Abu-Saluq clans this year.
Police say the Abu-Saluqs claim to own the mosque, and they control who enters. In a raid on the Abu-Salaq family compound early Tuesday, special police forces confiscated five handguns, as well as ammunition, a number of rifles and grenades.
In the latest mosque brawl, the Abu-Saluqs beat the Azbarjas within an inch of their lives, with metal rods, knives and stones. There were reports of live fire, and police found spent rounds at the scene.
Salman Azbarja, 47, was killed in the altercation. Azbarja had worked for years at a nearby taxi station. He heard the shouting and came to see what was happening, friends say, and was trying to separate the sides when he was stabbed in the back. He had a wife and two children.
Four people were arrested, but three already have been released - police determined they played only a negligible role in the brawl.
Concerned over possible revenge attacks, police have beefed up their presence in the city.
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