Israel Shaken by Five Murders in One Weekend

Police arrest eight teens suspected of involvement in Be'er Sheva stabbing, amid ongoing investigations into murders across Israel.

Orgil Maouti, a 17-year-old resident of Rehovot, was stabbed to death overnight on Sunday. At 2 A.M., a call was made to Rehovot police, reporting a group of youths chasing the young man in one of the city's public gardens.

From the call, police learned that Maouti was chased by at least three other youths. Police officers and Magen David Adom medics arrived on the scene to find Maouti on the ground, with stab wounds to the torso. Medics attempted to resuscitate the youth on the scene, however the young man died of his wounds after being evacuated to the hospital in critical condition.

Police close off the scene in Rehovot.
Ilan Assayag

On Sunday morning, three 17-year-olds were arrested, and police suspect that one of them is the murderer.

Yair Hatzroni, commander of the Rehovot Police station commented on the developments. "There were no calls to police complaining of noise before the incident. The area in question is a quiet neighborhood, which is not known for attracting problematic youth," said Hatzroni.

Police were familiar with Maouti from previous incidents in which he was involved.

These events are the most recent in a string of five, unconnected murders which took place over the last weekend.

On Friday, a young man was shot to death in Bat Yam. The victim, Roman Kadinsky, had been sentenced to house arrest following suspicions that he attempted to murder another criminal in the city.

At this point, the investigation is looking into a conflict between Kadisnky and a Bat Yam gang with which he used to have ties.

On Friday evening, a 19-year-old resident of Nazareth was stabbed to death, allegedly following an argument with a family member. The youth, Yazan Madai, was sent to the English Nazareth Hospital in critical condition.

Madai was proclaimed dead after attempts to resuscitate him failed. On Saturday, the 55-year-old father of the murder suspect was arrested for assisting his son to flee the scene and avoid questioning.

Overnight on Friday, Gadi Vichman, a 36-year-old father of two was stabbed to death in Be'er Sheva by a group of youths, after asking them to stop making noise beneath his apartment on Bar Nisan Street. According to police officials, significant progress has been made in the investigation, the result of substantial evidence found on the scene. On Sunday eight suspects were arrested, seven in the ages of 19 to 21 and one minor. Police has a name of another suspect that will be bought to interrogation on Monday.

Also overnight on Friday, a 24-year-old man was shot to death in Aroer, a Bedouin village close to Be'er Sheva, reportedly the result of a family conflict.

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