Man Arrested on Suspicion of Stabbing Wife to Death, Setting Home Ablaze in Central Israel

Police are investigating the suspicion that the man, who was taken to the hospital in serious condition, set their Rehovot home on fire after stabbing wife to death early Tuesday

Josh Breiner
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The scene of the crime in Rehovot, Tuesday morning.
The scene of the crime in Rehovot, Tuesday morning.Credit: Moti Milrod
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner

A woman in her 30s died early Tuesday morning in a fire in her home in the central Israeli city of Rehovot. The woman's body bore signs of violence and police are investigating the suspicion that she was murdered.

Her husband, who was seriously injured in the fire and was taken to Sheba Hospital, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police say they are investigating the possibility that he stabbed his wife and then set fire to their home.

Signs of violence were also found on the man, according to police sources, and the suspicion that he tried to commit suicide after the act is being investigated.

Forensic teams at the scene of the crime in Rehovot, Tuesday morning.Credit: Moti Milrod

The man's 63-year-old father and the couple's four-year-old daughter suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital in fair condition.

The couple's other two children were also in the house at the time of the fire, but were on another floor and were not injured.

A paramedic who was at the scene said "When we arrived we saw fire and smoke coming from the house. When we were able to enter, the firefighters led us to a woman in her 30s who was unconscious, with burns, showing no signs of life."

Several police forces, including forensic teams, are now at the scene.

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