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Southern Israeli man suspected of stabbing his wife

Israel Police arrested a resident of the southern coastal city of Eilat on Monday on suspicion of stabbing his wife, in what appears to be a case of domestic violence.

The wife, 39, was evacuated to the city’s Yoseftal Medical Center, where she has been in the Intensive Care Unit. Her condition is not considered to be life-threatening.

According to the police, they received a call on Monday evening at 11 P.M. that a man had fled his apartment after stabbing his wife. Patrol officers found the man, 54, and arrested him. A court has extended his remand by four days on suspicion of aggravated assault and battery.

In December, the Welfare Ministry reported a 150 percent spike in complaints of domestic violence, following Israel-wide protests drawing attention to violence against women.

Twenty-thousand demonstrators gathered in central Tel Aviv in December to protest violence against women. A nationwide strike was held independently, with many government offices and companies permitting their employee’s absence.

Initiators of the women’s protests told Haaretz that “one of the direct influences of the historic show of unity among women in the past week has been that women see they are not alone and that there’s a significant change in public discussion and awareness of violence toward women.”