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An Israel Police vehicle at a crime scene. Photo by Moti Kimche
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A resident of Beit Shean, northern Israel, allegedly stabbed his wife to death overnight Monday, and subsequently tried to set himself on fire, but was stopped by police.

The incident took place at around midnight in the family apartment, in a neighborhood in the northern part of the city. The man, aged 36, allegedly stabbed his wife, also 36, in the upper body and then fled the apartment. As he fled, the man was drinking an inflammable liquid.

A Magen David Adom medical team arrived at the scene, and despite resuscitation attempts, the woman's death was confirmed at the apartment.

Officers from the police station at Beit Shean found the suspect at a cemetery next to the neighborhood, near route 90. When police saw him, the man poured the flammable liquid over his body and tried to set himself on fire. The police managed to put out the fire. The suspect was transferred to Haemek Hospital, Afula. He is said to be moderately wounded.

Two of the couple's three children, aged 9, 12 and 14, were in the apartment at the time of the incident, according to police. The third child is in a boarding school, and was not present at the time.

Six years ago, the woman complained to police that her husband had been violent. Beit Shean police investigated that incident, and an indictment was served against the husband. After further evaluation, the prosecution decided to drop the case. Since then, the woman made no further complaints to police.

In a similar incident three years ago, another Beit Shean resident, 44-year-old Yitzhak Bochboot, stabbed to death his wife Revital Bochboot, 35, in front of two of their seven children.