The ex-husband of a young woman whose headless body was found in her apartment in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias was arrested on Wednesday morning after he was found in the street carrying her head.
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Tiberias Mayor Yossi Ben David told Haaretz that the couple divorced recently and that the suspect had received services from the city's mental health department. Ben David said the man had immigrated to Israel a few years ago before converting to Judaism.
Yoss Oknin, a volunteer with the United Hatzolah rescue organization who responded to the scene, said that he found the head of the victim, who was in her 30s, next to a garbage can. Oknin said people on the street told him they had seen seen the suspect walking around with the head in his hands.
Eyewitnesses said the suspect knocked on doors in the street while mumbling "They are Amelekites," a reference to an ancient Near East tribe that in the Bible was a recurrent enemy of the Israelites.