Israel lawmaker: clashes erupt in Arab-Jewish city

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli legislator says clashes have erupted between Arabs and Jews in a city in northern Israel.

The legislator, Abbas Zakour, says several cars and shops were damaged in the fighting late Wednesday in Acre.

Police were not immediately available for comment Thursday because of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur when observant Jews fast and pray for forgiveness for sins. The country comes to a virtual standstill and driving is frowned upon.

Zakour says the violence broke out after an Arab family drove in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood after the start of Yom Kippur. Zakour says several Jewish youths attacked the family and beat them.

The Haaretz daily reported that the incident set off riots and that dozens of shops and cars were vandalized.

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