26-year-old Woman Shot and Seriously Wounded in Central Israel

Police arrest ex-husband and his brother in the shooting of Lamis Abulaban, which they believe is connected to their divorce

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
A shooting scene in Lod in 2018.
A shooting scene in Lod in 2018.Credit: Ilan Assayag

An Israeli woman was shot and seriously wounded Friday night in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod.

The attacker waited for Lamis Abulaban, 26, outside her home and shot her when she arrived in her car, according to a police source. Following several surgeries, Abulaban is in serious but stable condition.

Lamis Abulaban, 26-year-old resident of Lod.

Police arrested her ex-husband, a 37-year-old from Ramle, and his brother, a 31-year-old Lod resident on Saturday morning in connection with the shooting, neither of whom have a criminal record. The police believe that the shooting is connected to their divorce process.

Relatives of Abulaban told Haaretz that she "feared for her life" after she faced violence from her ex-husband, and that she lived in Haifa part of the time as well. She even filed a complaint with the police at one point, her family said, and lived in a battered women's shelter. Police said that they were familiar with the conflict between Abulaban and her ex-husband, but did not confirm whether she had indeed filed a police report.

Two weeks ago, a 36-year-old woman, Suhaila Jarushi, was shot and killed in central Israel. A day earlier, Rasmia Barbur, 28, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the northern city of Nof Hagalil after her husband, Mohammad Arslan, called the police to tell them that he had killed his wife.

Amid a rise in crime related to illegal weapons possession, in December the Knesset passed an emergency order setting a mandatory minimum sentence for possessing, carrying, buying or selling a weapon illegally

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott