A 20-year-old Bedouin woman, Samar Abu Jumah, was murdered in the southern city of Ashkelon Saturday in what police are suspecting was an "honor killing." The victim's 2-year-old daughter, who was unharmed in the attack, was found next to her mother.
Police and Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance service received a report Saturday regarding a body of a woman found in an Ashkelon apartment. An MDA doctor pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The woman is believed to have been stabbed to death. Meanwhile, the child has been handed over to welfare officials.
Victim taken from scene (Photo: Tsafrir Abayov)
A medic at the scene said the woman was found in a pool of blood and without vital signs.
"From what we understood, the neighbors heard screams and the baby crying, so they called the fire fighters and police in order to break into the apartment," he said. "The woman apparently died a long time before that. There were many blood stains in the room."
Ashkelon Police Chief Haim Blumenfeld told Ynet that the victim's boyfriend was taken in for questioning.
"He said that he hasn't seen her since Friday morning, and provided no further details regarding her death," he said.