Two women found killed within hours in north

Man turns himself in to police in I’billin and confesses to murdering his wife; hours later, 2nd woman found dead in Nahariya

Illustrative: Israel Police car in Tel Aviv on April 12, 2020. (joseh51camera/iStock)
Illustrative: Israel Police car in Tel Aviv on April 12, 2020. (joseh51camera/iStock)

Two women were killed within hours of each other in the north of the country on Sunday.

One was stabbed while she was driving in I’billin, causing her to drive the car into a pole, according to her husband, who turned himself in and confessed to the murder.

The 58-year-old suspect, identified as Nasser Arabi, escaped the scene before turning himself in to police shortly after. He was immediately arrested.

A United Hatzalah medic who arrived at the scene told the Ynet news outlet that the victim’s death was declared “due to the severe injuries she suffered from.”

Hours later, another woman was found dead at a business in Nahariya. Police said they suspected she had been murdered but gave no further details.

According to Kan, the woman was found by a friend who had been unable to reach her and arrived at the scene.

A United Hatzalah ambulance in Yehud, November 7, 2019. (Courtesy United Hatzalah)

Following the two murders, the Israel Women’s Network said in a statement that a woman is murdered in Israel every two weeks and that “you cannot stay indifferent to a situation that is only worsening.”

The network also said that violence against women had worsened since the beginning of the war in Gaza, which broke out after Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel, murdering some 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping 253.

The No to Violence Against Women movement also made a statement about the murders, saying, “It’s known that in times of war and stress, domestic violence gets worse, and this morning we got further evidence of that.”

The movement demanded that Israel resources be allocated to put a stop to domestic violence.

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