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Security: Ramallah man stabs his wife to death
Published Wednesday 05/03/2014 19:30
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An umbrella reads "No to crimes against women" during a march for
women's rights in Ramallah on Feb. 15, 2014
(MaanImages/Mohammad Ricardo Alfrado Ruiz)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A man from the central West Bank city Ramallah was arrested after killing his wife on Tuesday morning following a heated argument in the couple's apartment, security sources said.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that the accused came returned to his home late Monday night and had a heated argument with his wife. He then allegedly stabbed her to death before turning himself in to police.

The accused man is a non-practicing lawyer who currently works as a lecturer at an unnamed Palestinian university. He has an Israeli identity, the security sources added.

Police detectives who investigated the crime said that the accused was intoxicated when he was detained.

Member of the Palestinian Union of Lawyers Jawad Ubeidat told Ma'an that the accused murderer was not registered with the union, but that the union had "received several complaints" about him.

Ubeidat added that the union had sent an official notice to the Palestinian Attorney General on April 6, 2013 asking him to shut down the man's office because he was not registered with the union.

Police sources highlighted that the couple had only been married for a few months.

The killing takes places only a week after PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi called upon Palestinian courts to ensure that maximum sentences are issued in cases involving violence against women.

Ashrawi highlighted in a statement that 28 women were killed in acts of "femicide" -- which usually refers to domestic violence against women -- in the West Bank and Gaza in 2013, and at least two women have already died in domestic violence incidents in the Gaza Strip so far this year.
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