Galilee Woman Held Over Stabbing Death of Brother-in-law

Witnesses say woman, 36, stabbed her brother-in-law, 32, following an argument.

A man was stabbed to death yesterday in the western Galilee village of Kabul. Witnesses said the stabbing followed an argument with his sister-in-law.

The sister-in-law, 36, was detained yesterday on suspicion of involvement in the man's death. Her 12-year-old son, believed to have been in the area at the time of the incident, was also held for questioning.

The woman maintains she acted in self-defense.

Police said the suspect had long been in conflict with her husband, and had secured a restraining order against him. She told police she felt threatened because her husband had violated the order, and that she also felt threatened by his family members.

The victim, Ahad Hibi, a 32-year-old father of two, suffered stab wounds in the upper back and apparently sustained massive blood loss.

Ahad Hibi Fant

Finding the man without a pulse, paramedics transported him to Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya. His death was pronounced shortly thereafter.

Altercations between members of the two families erupted after the incident, and police officers were put on alert for fear that the violence would escalate.

Police said they had no previous acquaintance with the woman.

Though some residents said she had been violent toward her husband, police said no complaints had been filed against her for domestic violence.