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Moldovan man found dead in Tel Aviv COVID quarantine hotel; murder suspected

Man in his 30s, who was not an Israeli citizen, said to have arrived on Monday evening; reportedly signs of violence to his body

Illustrative: The empty halls of the first floor of the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv on July 26, 2019. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Illustrative: The empty halls of the first floor of the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv on July 26, 2019. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

A Moldovan national in his 30s was reportedly found dead on Tuesday at a COVID-19 quarantine hotel in southern Tel Aviv.

The man’s body was discovered with indications of violence at the quarantine facility near the city’s Central Bus Station, and police are investigating his death as a potential murder.

According to Channel 13 news, the man, who is not an Israeli citizen, arrived on Monday evening and went to the hotel in Tel Aviv to serve out his mandatory quarantine period.

The circumstances surrounding the man’s arrival into Israel were not immediately clear. Non-Israeli citizens are generally not allowed entry into the country. They can apply for permission to enter under a number of exceptions, including to visit first-degree family members, or as students, certain foreign workers, diplomats and journalists.

In order to apply for entry, applicants must be vaccinated against COVID. If the man was fully vaccinated and arrived from Moldova, he would not require a full seven-day quarantine, and would only be ordered to quarantine until his PCR and serological test results were registered with the Health Ministry.

While staying in the quarantine hotel, the man should not have been able to have contact with any outside figures, and nobody without permission should have been allowed to enter the facility.

Israel Police said the officers involved in the investigation are operating in protective gear due to the crime scene’s location in the quarantine hotel.

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