Woman Found Shot Dead in Arab Village in Northern Israel

Shooting believed to be related to a family conflict; Gag order placed on details of investigation.

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Scene of the murder in Baana, July 26, 2016.
Scene of the murder in Baana, July 26, 2016.Credit: Mohammed Souad / Fant
Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel

A 47-year-old woman from Kfar Yasif was shot to death on Tuesday at her parents’ home in Baana, near Carmiel. Police believe the shooting was related to a family conflict.

A family member of the victim told Haaretz that she had been married about 25 years and had three children. According to the relative, the woman came to Baana on Tuesday morning and spent time in the homes of both her parents and her sister.

Family members believe another family member was involved but did not go into details of the incident, for which a gag order is in place.

Members of the families from Baana and Kfar Yasif are reported to be discussing the location of the funeral.

Ten women have been murdered by relatives since the beginning of 2016, the most recent being Nili Rothberg, who was murdered by her son, Kfir Rotem, in his Haifa apartment in May.

Also in May, Anastasia Rusanov was murdered, together with her partner Eliezer Kandinov, in Rishon Letzion. The murderer was Yan Gabrielov, Rosanov’s former partner, who had threatened to kill her several times after they separated. Rusanov went to stay in a shelter for battered women. Three days before the murder she complained to the police that he had tried to murder her and was following her. Gabrielov killed himself after being cornered by the police.

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