Granada against the Ministry of Health in Nazareth may be criminal retaliation

The grenade attack on the Health Ministry in Nazareth on Monday night could have been carried out by a criminal organization in retaliation for law enforcement activities in the Arab sector, according to Israeli media reports.

No one was injured in the attack, which occurred late at night, but caused significant material damage, as shown in videos on social media.

An investigation into the incident was immediately opened.

According to Haaretz, the police have excluded that the attack is related to threats that have been against Health Ministry officials in recent months, usually in relation to coronavirus and vaccine policies.

Rather, the police believe that the attackers intended to retaliate after ministry inspectors cooperated with police in law enforcement activities at grocery stores and butchers with links to criminal organizations.

A VIEW of Nazareth: a unique history and a group of churches and holy places. (credit: GARY REZNIKOVSKY)

“There have been attempts to respond to police pressure with this and other similar actions,” Police Chief Kobi Shabtai said Tuesday while visiting the ministry’s office in Nazareth. “It will not deter us, we will continue to pursue whoever did it.”

The assault on the criminal organization in the Arab sector resulted in the seizure of 40 rifles, 13 pistols, two machine guns and two explosives linked to a cell phone.

A total of 65 suspects from 25 different locations across Israel have been arrested, including a father and his three sons who started this family arms trafficking business.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

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