Petah Tikva couple found shot dead in suspected murder-suicide

Police say man, 62, appears to have murdered his partner, 57, before killing himself; he reportedly worked as security guard, had a gun license

Slavic Mvasav, 62, and his partner Yelina Yitzchakvav, 57 found dead in suspected murder suicide in Petah Tikva, January 17, 2020 (Facebook)
Slavic Mvasav, 62, and his partner Yelina Yitzchakvav, 57 found dead in suspected murder suicide in Petah Tikva, January 17, 2020 (Facebook)

A woman and a man were found dead Friday in the central city of Petah Tikva in a suspected murder-suicide.

The couple were discovered at their apartment by the woman’s son, and pronounced dead at the scene.

An initial investigation indicated the man murdered his wife before killing himself, Police Superintendent Shai Gaz told reporters at the scene.

The couple were later named as Slavic Mvasav, 62, and his partner Yelina Yitzchakvav, 57.

Mvasav worked as a security guard and had a license to carry a gun, according to Hebrew media reports.

Police and medical personnel at the scene of a suspected murder-suicide in Petah Tikva, January 17, 2020. (Roy Alima/Flash90)

A 33-year-old woman died after she was taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital late Monday night with signs of violence to her body.

According to Channel 13 news, the woman’s husband called emergency services and told them: “I strangled my wife.”

Thirteen Israeli women were murdered in 2019 by someone known to them.

In 2018, 25 women were murdered in such incidents, the highest number in years, prompting a string of protests and urgent calls for authorities to take action against the increasing incidence of violence against women in Israel. Many of those women filed police complaints prior to their deaths out of concern for their safety.

Last October, the Welfare Ministry issued a report on intimate partner violence in 2018 that found a surge in the number of reported cases of domestic abuse.

According to the ministry, the number of women calling its abuse hotline rose 160 percent between 2014 and 2018, and more than 6,000 victims of domestic violence received treatment last year. In 2018, 1,219 women called the hotline to report spousal abuse.

According to the ministry report, 163 women have been murdered by their husbands since 2004, including seven in 2018, nine in 2017, 11 in 2016, 12 in 2015 and 10 in both 2013 and 2014. That figure only counts women murdered by their husbands, not women killed by other family members.

A quarter of those killed during that period were new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, 20% were immigrants from Ethiopia, 20% were Arabs and 34% were Jewish women born in Israel.

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