A 45-year-old woman filed a police complaint saying she was raped in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a beach in Netanya. Police arrested a Palestinian suspect, who has denied the allegations.
According to suspicions, the woman was beaten before being brutally raped. The perpetrator fled the scene, and the victim was later evacuated to Laniado Hospital in the city.
The woman said the man who raped her had an Arab accent, leading officers to detain a 26-year-old resident of the West Bank town of Nablus, who was in a taxi heading out of Netanya.
The Palestinian, who has been residing in Israel illegally, could not say where he was at the time of the rape. He said he was on his way home when police apprehended him.
Police said there was reasonable suspicion that the Palestinian committed the act.