Manar Hajaj and her daughter Hadera
Manar Hajaj and her daughter HaderaCourtesy of the family

The two victims of a deadly shooting in central Israel have been identified as 34-year-old Manar Hajaj and her 14-year-old daughter, Hadera.

The mother and daughter, Arab residents of the city of Lod, were fatally wounded while sitting in a car in front of their home after grocery shopping Monday night.

Hadera’s twin sister was also wounded in the shooting, and was evacuated in moderate condition to Shamir-Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Beer Yaakov.

Lod police officers have opened an investigation into the shooting, which authorities say was criminal, and not terror-related.

Authorities suspect that the shooting was carried out as an act of revenge against Hajaj's husband, over his involvement in a dispute between rival groups.

Hajaj and her daughters had recently returned home after visiting Hajaj's husband, who lives abroad. The family returned so that the daughters could begin school on time.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid offered his condolences to the victims’ family and vowed to increase security in Lod and in the Arab sector at large.

"The terrible murder in Lod of Manar Hajaj and her 14-year-old daughter Hadera, together with the sequence of violent events of the last few days, requires us to increase enforcement and the presence of police forces in the cities and to ensure that the punishment for any act of violence is harsh."

"I send condolences to the Hajaj family and a speedy recovery for the twin sister," said Lapid, and added: "It is inconceivable that a mother and daughter were murdered. We will increase our efforts to curb violence in Arab society in all ways available to us."