Pregnant Woman's Battered Body Found in Northern Israeli Home

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Scene of suspected murder of Amana Yassin in Israeli Arab town of Tamra. August 23, 2016.
Scene of suspected murder of Amana Yassin in Israeli Arab town of Tamra. August 23, 2016.Credit: Rami Shllush

The body of a 32-year-old woman many months pregnant was found inside her home Tuesday in the Arab town of Tamra in the north.

Amana Yassin’s body bore signs of violence and her ex-husband, who has served prison time for assaulting his second wife, has been arrested as a suspect. The couple’s two children were at home at the time, a family acquaintance said.

Amana Yassin was found dead in her Tamra home. August 23, 2016.Credit: Family

Suhail Diab, the town’s mayor, told Haaretz that the husband had received psychiatric care in the past, but that the “cause of the murder is still unknown.” He said the husband, 42, waited at the crime scene until his arrest.

Yassin would be the 112th Israeli woman killed this year as a result of domestic violence, according to Haaretz calculations.

Rifat Yassin, a cousin of the suspect, said the couple divorced several years ago and his cousin later married a woman from a village in the north.

Yassin said the second wife “stayed with him for seven to eight months, until she filed a complaint [for violence]. When he went to prison she returned to her parents.” When the suspect was released from prison he returned to his first wife.

“Outwardly he was an ordinary, normal person, like everyone else. Toward the family he was crazy,” Yassin said.

He said Amana Yassin was “a wonderful woman – gold,” adding that she was a homemaker during her 15 years of marriage and only started working in a factory after the divorce.

Erez Masarweh, the suspect’s brother-in-law, said that “instead of being in a psychiatric hospital, he was in prison.” Other relatives said they believed his mental health worsened while in prison, where he did not receive proper treatment.

Khaled Yassin, the suspect’s brother, said the children, 10 and 14, alerted him and other uncles about Tuesday’s altercation.

“They fought two or three days ago,” Khaled Yassin said. “I have a sick brother, he was hospitalized, she didn’t complain. He’s mentally ill, not violent.”

He said his brother did not work because of his physical and mental condition.

“We couldn’t have done a thing, he would have taken it hard. He loved the children,” Khaled Yassin said. “She should have complained about him.”

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