South African Teen Raped in Tel Aviv Beach Public Restroom

Police arrest an Umm al-Fahm resident and a migrant from Sudan in connection with the rape of the tourist; second reported rape of a tourist within month.

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The Israel Police on Wednesday arrested two men in their 20s suspected of involvement in the rape of a 17-year-old South African tourist on a Tel Aviv beach 10 days ago.

The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court extend the remands of the two suspects, a migrant from Sudan who lives in Tel Aviv and a resident of Umm al-Fahm, by three and five days respectively.

The tourist told police that she had been at the Banana Beach with friends on the day of the incident and went to use the public bathroom in the compound. A man entered her stall, grabbed her phone, raped her and fled the scene.

Police arrested one of the suspects, who was carrying her phone at the time. The suspect told detectives that he had bought the phone from another man, who was subsequently arrested. The degree to which the two were involved in the rape itself is not yet clear. The police believe others knew about the incident, and more arrests are expected.

This is the second case of a tourist being raped in Tel Aviv this month. Around two weeks ago, two stall owners in the Jaffa flea market were charged with raping and abusing a 25-year-old American tourist who had visited the area.

In another case, a Be’er Yaakov resident was arrested Thursday on suspicion he had raped a 17-year-old girl Wednesday night at a Tel Aviv club. According to the girl, she was with the man, who she knew from the club, and was drinking alcohol. She said he then took her to a nearby business he owns and allegedly raped her there. His remand was extended by three days.

The Banana Beach in Tel AvivCredit: Google Street View

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