Police in the southern port city of Ashdod have begun a murder inquiry after a woman was found dead in her house on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old woman suffered repeated blows to the head from a hammer. She was proclaimed dead shortly after arriving at the Assuta Medical Center in Ashdod in a critical condition.
A man whom police say was present has been apprehended. Some Hebrew news organisations have reported that he is the woman’s spouse.
Is Her Husband Arrested?
The ex-husband of the woman was also taken into custody nearby.
‘She was a good and peaceful woman; I never heard she had any difficulties,’ a neighbour said.
In a statement, police said they were considering every option.
Itamar Ben Gvir, national security minister, visited the scene and demanded money to hire more police officers, having run in part on a promise to improve peace and order.
‘We must restore governance,’ tweeted Ben Gvir, leader of the ultranationalist Otzma Yehudit party.
There had been two previous suspected killings of women in the nearby central city of Lod. This crime occurred just one day after police detained a guy in Ness Ziona on suspicion of murdering his sister.
In November, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs revealed statistics showing increased domestic violence incidents in the country.
Two ladies had been killed in the last two days. In just two weeks, we have had four. It’s a severe and stunning development. Yair Lapid, leader of the opposition, tweeted on Monday that there could be no more silence.
Protests have occurred often in recent years because of the way the police have handled domestic abuse cases, especially those involving victims who were already in abusive relationships.
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