18-year-old shot dead in Lod a day before her wedding
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18-year-old shot dead in Lod a day before her wedding

Man lightly wounded in attack, reportedly carried out by family member who opposed the marriage; her mother was murdered 8 years ago

Illustrative: An Israeli police car (Roy Alima/ Flash90)
Illustrative: An Israeli police car (Roy Alima/ Flash90)

An 18-year-old woman was killed and a man was lightly injured Wednesday morning in a shooting in the Pardes Snir neighborhood of the central city of Lod, police said in a statement.

According to Hebrew-language media reports, Diana Abu Katifan was due to get married Thursday and police suspect the shooting was carried out by a family member who was against the marriage. Abu Katifan’s mother was murdered eight years ago in what Channel 12 said were “similar circumstances.”

The Haaretz daily reported the victim’s cousin has been taken in for questioning by police and that further family members are expected to be detained.

Abu Katifan had reportedly fled her family home with her fiance to the West Bank a month prior to her death, after family members objected to the marriage.

When she was reported missing, police became involved in the case. After Abu Katifan was located, she was reportedly offered protection or a place in a women’s shelter, but refused. Lod welfare authorities told Haaretz they had no record of Abu Katifan.

Abu Katifan returned home after family members told her she would not be harmed, and on the morning of her murder was due to go with her 64-year-old grandfather to the coastal city of Jaffa for a fitting for her wedding dress, the Walla news site reported. An assailant got into their car and shot the woman at point-blank range.

Abu Katifan’s grandfather was lightly wounded in the shooting and taken to the nearby Assaf Harofe Medical Center for treatment.

Police said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Twenty-five women were killed in Israel in 2018 in suspected cases of domestic abuse or violence directed at females. Many of those women had told the police prior to their deaths that they were concerned for their safety.

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