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Video shows rocket-propelled grenade fired in feud between crime organizations

Suspect, 19, arrested over RPG launch in northern town, in apparent warning by one underworld group to another

The Israel Police arrested a man Wednesday on suspicion that he fired a rocket-propelled grenade over a residential area of the northern Bedouin town of Tuba-Zangariyye.

The rocket launch, which happened several days earlier, was filmed and the clip shared in an apparent warning by one organized crime group to a rival amid a feud.

After the clip was circulated, police opened an investigation, leading to the arrest.

The suspect, 19, a resident of the town, is linked to one of the crime groups, Hebrew media reported.

In the clip a person can be seen standing in the darkness of night with a residential area in the background. The rocket then blasts out of the launcher at a steep angle into the sky.

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There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Two months ago eight mortar shells were found concealed in an elementary school in the town during refurbishment work. The shells had apparently been stored at the site by a criminal gang.

The rocket-propelled grenade incident came amid a violent crime wave that has engulfed the Arab community in recent years. Four  men were found shot dead in three separate incidents on Wednesday, bringing the toll of slayings in the Arab community this year to 171, according to the Abraham Initiatives anti-violence advocacy group. There were 75 murders over the same period last year.

Authorities have blamed burgeoning organized crime and the proliferation of weaponry, while some have pointed to a failure by communities to cooperate with law enforcement to root out criminals.

On Tuesday, the Arab community went on strike as municipal leaders called for the establishment of an emergency committee to fight the relentless crime wave.

The National Committee of Heads of Arab Local Authorities and the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee blamed the Israeli government for the spate of killings in the Arab community and accused it of neglecting Arab Israeli citizens.

The strike saw local authorities, community centers, and businesses shut their doors, and the school day shortened.