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Sderot woman stabbed to death; son arrested

Magen David Adom paramedics break into family’s apartment after neighbors call to report screaming inside

A Magen David Adom ambulance at the site of a domestic violence attack in Sderot on August 19, 2021. (MDA)
A Magen David Adom ambulance at the site of a domestic violence attack in Sderot on August 19, 2021. (MDA)

A 53-year-old woman who lives in Sderot was stabbed to death early Thursday morning. Police picked up her son, 29, as the suspect in the attack.

First responders were reportedly called to the scene by neighbors who heard screaming in the apartment.

“When we arrived at the scene we broke into the apartment,” said Magen David Adom paramedic Michael Kanter. “The woman was unconscious on the floor of the apartment with serious wounds on her body.

“We immediately began medical treatment, including stopping her wounds from bleeding and advanced and prolonged resuscitation, but her wounds were fatal and ultimately we had to pronounce her death,” he said.

Domestic violence complaints have risen during the coronavirus pandemic.

A report from the State Comptroller’s Office released last month found that inadequate funding and chaotic policies for identifying and dealing with domestic violence are hampering efforts to curb the issue.

Domestic violence is “a severe social problem common among all classes, cultures, and ages,” wrote State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman in a statement accompanying the report, which reviewed local authorities during 2020.

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