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A 30-year-old asylum seeker from Eritrea was stabbed to death, allegedly by her husband, also an Eritrean asylum seeker, in Jerusalem Monday night.

According to police, the two came to Israel some months ago and found a home in Jerusalem. They married three months ago, but the woman left her husband because of repeated assaults and moved in with a relative.

On Monday, the two met at a bus station on Frank Street in the city, and an argument broke out. When the woman tried to board a bus, her husband pulled out a knife, stabbed her several times, and ran off. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died overnight. The husband had not yet been apprehended by press time.

Members of the Eritrean community in the city told Haaretz the husband was known to be violent. "I don't think the meeting was planned, she wanted to keep away from him," one Eritrean worker, who declined to be named, told Haaretz.

He said the community was shocked by the murder as nearly all Eritreans in the city knew the wife, the husband or both.