Diplomat shot in Texas


An Israeli diplomat’s husband was shot and wounded in a Texas residential dispute.

Sarkalem Zevadia, a staffer at the Israeli Consulate in Houston, suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest Monday after an enraged neighbor opened fire on his home. He was hospitalized in serious condition, a source at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said.

The shooter, who apparently was responding to an eviction order, killed another person in the building before turning the gun on himself.

Zevadia’s wife, Belaynesh, is deputy consul general in Houston and one of Israel’s top diplomats of Ethiopian descent. She was attending a memorial service for Israel’s fallen soldiers at the time of the shooting. The Zevadias have a daughter, who was unhurt.

Israel has ruled out terrorism as a motive for the shooting.

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