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The Haifa District Attorney filed an indictment in the district court on
Thursday, charging a 46-year-old Arab Israeli man with the attempted murder of a
65- year-old woman earlier this month.
According to the indictment, Anwar
Masalaha from Abu Sinan in the Galilee traveled to nearby Nahariya in the
morning of March 11, where he bought a penknife.
Masalaha spotted 65-year-old Esther Porat on Weisman Street, and decided to kill
her, the indictment said.
Masalaha approached Porat, and stabbed her 13
times in her chest, abdomen and back, stopping the attack only when passersby
shouted at him, threw a chair at him and then aimed a gun at him, the indictment
As a result of the attack, Porat was rushed to the hospital in
a severe condition, and underwent surgery.
At the time the indictment was
filed, Porat remained in the hospital.
Masalaha is also charged with
illegal possession of a knife. The district attorney filed a request that
Masalaha be remanded in custody throughout the legal proceedings.
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