Israeli Man Jumps From Building After Stabbing Wife in Suspected Murder-suicide Attempt

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People gather outside the building where the suspected murder-suicide attempt took place, Modi'in Ilit, June 6, 2020.
People gather outside the building where the suspected murder-suicide attempt took place, Modi'in Ilit, June 6, 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

A man and woman were seriously injured in the West Bank settlement of Modi'in Ilit Saturday in a suspected murder-suicide attempt. Israel Police said they suspect the man attempted to murder his wife and then jumped from the window of the building.

The police said that the 40-year-old man was found injured in the street, and while searching the adjacent building they found a woman with multiple stab wounds on all parts of her body.

Magen David Adom paramedics and EMTs took the two to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. The woman, who is 37 years old, was not in stable condition at the time of transport. The man’s condition stabilized at the hospital and the woman was taken into surgery.

The incident took place in Modi'in Ilit, an ultra-Orthodox settlement just beyond the Green Line in the central West Bank. Neighbors said the couple had moved into the building several months earlier and were not familiar to people in the area. They said that the two had become ultra-Orthodox later in life, and the man was an immigrant from the former Soviet Union.

People at the entrance to the building where the incident took place, Modi'in Ilit, June 6, 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Superintendent Tzachi Halfon, commander of the Modi'in Ilit police station, said: "At around 6 P.M. this evening a report was received that a man fell from the seventh floor [of a building] in Modi'in Ilit. Police responding to the call saw a man lying on the ground in very serious condition."

"At the same time, a second group of police officers entered the building and broke into the couple's apartment. Officers found a woman in her thirties with multiple stab wounds, very serious stab wounds in a very bad [crime] scene. Additional units were dispatched to the scene, medical forces and crime scene investigation forces, and we opened an investigation into the circumstances," Halfon added.

Magen David Adom paramedic Oren Keinar said, “When we arrived at the scene we saw the injured man lying near the building. He was conscious but disoriented andsuffering full body trauma. While administering treatment, which included respiration, we understood that an additional person was in an apartment in the building. We started urgent evacuation to the hospital, while another team went up into the building.”

Another Maged David Adom paramedic, Tal Morag, added, “When we entered the apartment we saw the injured, a 37-year-old woman, who was conscious, but not fully lucid, with wounds on her body. We immediately started medical treatment, put her in the ambulance and evacuated her to the hospital in serious, non-stable condition.”

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