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

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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.

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