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Woman found dead in home in south; husband arrested

Police investigating suspected murder near town of Ar’ara Banegev; body of deceased, 26, reportedly shows signs of violence

Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime, June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)
Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime, June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)

A 26-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday in her home in the south of the country in a suspected homicide.

The woman’s husband was detained for questioning and police opened an investigation into the death near the town of Ar’ara Banegev.

Her body showed signs of violence, according to Hebrew media reports.

The Magen David Adom service said it was alerted to an unconscious woman at the Ksaifa Junction in the Negev region.

Paramedics who examined the woman declared her death at the scene.

On Monday, a Jewish woman was found dead in an apartment in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, in what police were investigating as a murder-suicide attempt. The woman’s death was initially investigated as a suicide, but police later suspected the husband’s involvement, according to Haaretz.

After police tracked the man down, he at first attempted to flee, but then shot himself in front of officers, critically wounding himself, according to reports. He remains hospitalized in Beersheba in serious condition, Haaretz reported.

Activists have long complained that not enough is done to prevent instances of domestic violence in Israel. In July, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered NIS 55 million ($17 million) be immediately allotted to efforts to prevent and treat domestic violence.

The money has been earmarked to partially fund the Welfare Ministry’s National Plan for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, which was approved in 2017, but had seen less than half the designated funds transferred for its implementation.

A June report from the state comptroller found that inadequate funding and chaotic policies for identifying and dealing with domestic violence are hampering efforts to curb the issue. In 2019, five women were murdered by their partners while last year the figure jumped to 13, the report said.

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