A teenage girl from Nazareth was hospitalized in serious condition after a man threw acid in her face on Tuesday morning.

Police arrested a 51-year-old man shortly afterward who reportedly attacked the woman because she refused a marriage proposal either from him or a member of his family.

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Police said the 15-year-old girl was lying in her bed when she heard a knock at her bedroom window on Tuesday morning. When the girl opened the window the man threw acid in her face and then fled the scene, Northern District Police spokesman Yehuda Maman said.

A spokesman from Rambam Medical Center said the girl was in stable condition under anesthesia and hooked up to a respirator in the childrens’ emergency ward. The teen is suffering from wounds across her upper body, and there is fear she could lose sight in one or both of her eyes. She is also experiencing difficulty breathing since some of the acid entered her mouth.

Nazareth Police chief Cmdr. Yossi Hamo said his officers have set up a special task force to handle the case, which they are viewing with the utmost severity.

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