Israel Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering his pregnant wife after she was found stabbed to death in their home in northern Israel on Tuesday morning.
Emergency services were called to the Arab town of Tamra in the Lower Galillee after 35-year-old Amana Yassin was found dead with stab wounds to her upper body, paramedics said. Other signs of violence were also reportedly found on her body.
Shortly after Yassin’s body was found, police arrested her 46-year-old husband at the scene. The couple’s 10- and 14-year-old children were reportedly inside the house during the murder. Yassin was in the advanced stages of pregnancy, according to Hebrew media reports.
The husband has been treated for psychiatric issues in the past but there were no known complaints of domestic violence in the family, Tamra Mayor Sohil Diab told Haaretz.
The incident is the latest in a series of violent crimes within the Israeli-Arab community. On Monday a man in his 20s was shot dead in the northern city of Nazareth. A day earlier two Israeli-Arab men were shot in the coastal town on Jaffa.
As many as five Arab-Israeli women have been murdered by family members in the past year.
Statistics regarding aggravated crime in Israeli-Arab society, published by the Knesset’s research department last year, show a worrying picture.
A survey of police indictments for violent crimes between 2006 and 2013 revealed that non-Jewish Israelis (mostly Arabs) — despite constituting just 20% of society — committed murder nearly six times more than the general population; committed robbery 3.5 times more; committed assault three times more; and assaulted police officers nearly five times more.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.