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Tel Aviv district police were searching on Wednesday for a man suspected of throwing his two young children out of a third-floor window.
The children, a two-year-old and a five-year-old, miraculously survived the seven-meter fall, sustaining moderate injuries to the head and limbs. The father allegedly threw them out of the window of their Bat Yam apartment on Wednesday morning and then fled, police said.
The incident occurred at 8:10 a.m. when the father, who went to work in the early morning hours, returned home and allegedly began strangling one of the children, police said. As the children's mother tried to stop him, he proceeded to strangle her, and she lost consciousness. That is when the man began to throw the children out the window, neighbors told police.
Police and MDA crews who arrived at the scene found the children lying motionless but conscious near the building's front entrance. Police found the mother in the apartment with signs of strangulation on her neck. The children and mother were taken to Wolfson Hospital in Holon for treatment.
Neighbors reported hearing screams and seeing the father holding one of the children outside the window just before throwing them down.
"I heard the kids screaming," a neighbor told reporters. "I asked the father, 'what are you doing?' And then the kids fell down, first one and then the other."
The woman told police that the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute. The man had suspected her of cheating and claimed the children were not his, she said.
Police said the two were not married but were just living together.
A few hours later, the police issued a photograph of the man on its website.
Police said the parents, who had immigrated from Russia, had no criminal record and no previous history of violence.