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Worshiper stabbed to death outside Dimona synagogue after asking suspect to be quiet

Eliyahu Hazan, 59, attacked by man who was yelling expletives and disturbing evening prayers in the southern city

Police officers are seen at the scene of a deadly stabbing outside a synagogue in Dimona, September 25, 2022. (Israel Police)
Police officers are seen at the scene of a deadly stabbing outside a synagogue in Dimona, September 25, 2022. (Israel Police)

A man in his 50s was stabbed to death on Saturday following an apparent argument outside a synagogue in the southern city of Dimona.

According to police, the victim, identified by Hebrew-language media as Eliyahu Hazan, 59, was stabbed and seriously hurt by a 49-year-old resident of the city, who was arrested shortly after the incident.

Hazan was taken to Beersheba’s Soroka hospital, where medical officials declared him dead.

According to Hebrew-language media reports, the suspect was making noise and yelling expletives outside of the synagogue during evening prayers.

Hazan went out to ask him to stop and was then stabbed in the waist.

Reports said the suspect fled the scene and Hazan returned to the synagogue and collapsed.

Police said they arrested the 49-year-old suspect about an hour later, after searching the area.

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