Nabbed in 24 hours: How Dubai Police arrested 8 Israeli suspects who killed compatriot at cafe

The men — who are tourists — arrived in the UAE from a European country for shopping

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Published: Thu 25 May 2023, 3:57 PM

Last updated: Fri 26 May 2023, 12:25 AM

A group of Israeli suspects that the Dubai Police arrested for killing a compatriot had chanced upon the victim inside a café. They spotted the 33-year-old victim, Ghassan Shamsyeh, as they strolled in the Business Bay area, the police said on Thursday.

The police arrested eight suspects in less than 24 hours after the crime was committed.


They released a video showing how the operation was carried out:

The force said the suspects mounted the assault due to an ongoing dispute between two families back in their home country. A 24-year-old man was murdered in Israel on May 6 as a direct result of this dispute.


According to the police, the suspects — who are tourists — arrived in the UAE from a European country for shopping. While out on a stroll in Business Bay, they saw the victim, which led to a confrontation. The ensuing fight and assault resulted in the death of the victim due to the use of a “sharp tool”, the police said.

The suspects then fled the scene. The police mobilised special teams that used smart technology to locate and arrest the two main suspects within three hours.

“We arrested the remaining suspects and closed the case within 24 hours and referred it to the public prosecution for legal action,” the police added.

Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police, reiterated the force’s commitment to ensuring safety.

“The unwavering support of our wise leadership has enabled security agencies to tackle any situation professionally, no matter how complex. The Dubai Police remain devoted to ensuring the highest levels of safety and security, swiftly thwarting criminal activities, and bringing offenders to justice,” he added.

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