Ben Gvir at scene of the murder in Yafa an-Naseriyye
Ben Gvir at scene of the murder in Yafa an-NaseriyyeSpokesperson

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir arrived on Thursday evening at the scene of the mass shooting in the Arab town of Yafa an-Naseriyye in the Lower Galilee, in which five people were murdered and two others moderately injured.

"Dozens of years of neglect and lack of governance are exploding in our faces," said Ben Gvir. "This is a neglect of decades of lack of governance, a wild west in the Arab sector. We will establish a national guard in the coming months, which will not leave the Arab sector and the mixed cities. In the immediate term, the Shin Bet must be brought in."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an assessment by teleconference with Ben Gvir and Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai following the murder.

Netanyahu directed that steps be taken immediately to find the murderers and that determined action be taken to eradicate the plague of violence and murder in the Arab sector.

The shooting on Thursday took place in a car wash, and police believe the incident to be criminal in nature.

An hour earlier, a three-year-old girl was severely injured by a stray bullet in a violent incident in the Arab town of Kafr Kanna. Magen David Adom paramedics provided the girl with medical aid and evacuated her to Poriya Hospital in Tiberias.

A man of about 30 also suffered serious injuries in that incident, and he was also evacuated to the hospital.

In the past year, the number of deaths in the Arab sector has tripled. According to the Abraham Initiatives, since January, 90 Arabs have died in incidents of violence and crime. Of these, 79 were shot dead, and 41 of them were less than 30 years old at the time they were killed.