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2 foreign workers arrested on suspicion of raping woman with special needs

Eritrean migrants detained in south Tel Aviv after 22-year-old tells hospital she was sexually assaulted near city’s central bus station

Illustration: African migrants walk past the Tel Aviv central bus station. (Zuzana Janku/Flash90)
Illustration: African migrants walk past the Tel Aviv central bus station. (Zuzana Janku/Flash90)

Two foreign workers living in south Tel Aviv were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of raping a woman with special needs near the city’s central bus station, Hebrew media reported.

The 22-year-old woman, who usually resides at a boarding school in the Sharon area, north of Tel Aviv, was declared missing in recent days. When staff found her and took her to the hospital, she reportedly said she had been raped.

The hospital then informed police, who initiated an investigation.

Forces arrested the two Eritrean nationals, aged 35 and 45, in an apartment in Tel Aviv.

They were taken in for questioning, and police were expected to ask the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court to extend their remand.

Last month, a Jerusalem resident in his 70s was arrested on suspicion of drugging and then violently raping a young woman with an intellectual disability.

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