A man and woman from Petah Tikva were killed overnight Wednesday in what appeared to be a murder-suicide in the central Israel city.
It is suspected that the man stabbed his wife, 31, with a pocket knife after a domestic dispute broke out in their apartment. According to witnesses, the 45-year-old man then hung himself from the metal bars of the apartment balcony when he heard a police knocked on the his door in response to a call from one the neighbors who had hear the man's wife screams when he attacked her.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was brought by a Magen David Adom crew to Beilinson Hospital in serious condition, but passed away from her injuries.
The couple were said to have been recent immigrants to Israel who had been living in the country for several years and had no known police records or history of violent disputes.
Police stressed that at this time not all the details concerning the incident are clear and new details are likely to be discovered as investigators begin combing the scene of the crime.