Man stabbed to death in Jerusalem; criminal motive probed
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Man stabbed to death in Jerusalem; criminal motive probed

Amos Sa’ar, 55, found in a stairwell of apartment building in Har Homa neighborhood; 2 suspects arrested

Magen David Adom rescue teams arrive at the scene of a stabbing in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa on December 25, 2019. (Magen David Adom)
Magen David Adom rescue teams arrive at the scene of a stabbing in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa on December 25, 2019. (Magen David Adom)

A man was stabbed to death in Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood on Wednesday.

The victim was later identified as Amos Sa’ar, 55, the chief security officer in the Jerusalem district of the body in charge of securing Israeli courts. Hebrew news reports said police had ruled out terrorism as a motive in the attack, and also that his murder was not related to his work.

A Jewish neighbor was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, and a second suspect was arrested later.

Emergency medics found Sa’ar unconscious in the stairwell of his building with multiple stab wounds to his neck and upper body.

Medics worked to resuscitate him and rushed him to the city’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, the Magen David Adom emergency service said. Doctors were later forced to pronounce his death.

Police reportedly ruled out terrorism, after initially saying the circumstances behind the incident in the Jewish, East Jerusalem neighborhood, were not clear. They were probing a criminal motivation and a possible dispute between neighbors, Channel 12 reported.

A gag order was imposed on further details of the investigation.

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