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Israeli arrested for threatening to kill Arab city's deputy mayor

A man was arrested for threatening to kill the deputy mayor of Baqa al-Gharbiyye if he didn't comply with his demands, the Israel Police said on Tuesday morning.

The arrest comes after a wave of attacks on Arab sector local politicians in recent months.

Tira Municipality Director-General Abed al-Rahman Kashu was murdered and two others were injured in a shooting on August 21. Nazareth mayoral candidate Musaab Duchan, his brother, and another person were wounded in a shooting on August 24.

Three people were arrested in connection with the incident. Shots were fired at the home of Tamra Mayor Sohil Diab on August 30, and further gunfire was directed at the municipal building after three people were arrested. On August 22, a quadruple murder included the death of local council head candidate Ghazi Saeb, though, with the arrest of three people, the incident was deemed criminally motivated rather than political.