Woman found dead in Kiryat Yam apartment, the fourth suspected murder in 12 hours

40-year-old’s husband calls cops to scene, telling them wife didn’t wake up in the morning, but officers arrest him upon noticing she had sustained an injury

Illustrative: A Magen David Adom ambulance in Kiryat Yam on December 24, 2023. (Magen David Adom)
Illustrative: A Magen David Adom ambulance in Kiryat Yam on December 24, 2023. (Magen David Adom)

A woman was found dead in her apartment in the northern town of Kiryat Yam, police said Sunday, in the country’s fourth suspected homicide within a 12-hour period.

The 40-year-old victim’s husband called police to the scene and told officers that he realized his wife was unconscious after she didn’t wake up in the morning.

However, the officers saw that the woman had suffered an injury, police said in a statement, adding that they arrested the husband as a murder suspect and opened an investigation.

Magen David Adom medics dispatched to the scene pronounced the woman’s death upon arrival. Her identity was not immediately released to the press.

Hours earlier, an unnamed man was killed in a shooting in the northern town Kafr Qara.

Overnight, Bashar Zarani, 23, was shot to death in an apparent criminal dispute in Tiberias.

Illustrative: A protest against violence against women in Tel Aviv, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

In Holon, near Tel Aviv, police said a 57-year-old woman was found dead in her home. Authorities offered few details about the suspected killing.

Domestic abuse has remained a persistent problem during Israel’s ongoing war with Hamas, and women’s groups caution that wartime stress and relaxed gun regulations aimed at pushing firearms into civilian hands may only exacerbate violence that affected more than 13,200 people in 2022, 69 percent of whom are women, according to figures collected by the Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry.

Within a week following the October 7 Hamas massacre, some 41,000 new gun permit requests were submitted, according to data presented to the Knesset’s National Security Committee. Those numbers have climbed significantly since.

Late last month, a woman in an advanced stage of pregnancy was stabbed to death in Lod. Her unborn baby also killed in the attack. The woman’s father and brother were arrested on suspicion of murder.

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