Tel Aviv beach 370.
(photo credit: Reuters Photographer / Reuters)
Tel Aviv Police on Wednesday arrested two men in connection to the rape of a
teenage girl from South Africa at a public bathroom at Tel Aviv’s Banana Beach
10 days ago.
According to police, on the night of July 1, the 17-year-old
tourist told police she had been raped in a public bathroom at the beach, and
her cellphone stolen. Police traced the phone and found it in the possession of
an Israeli Arab.
The man told police he bought it from an African migrant
man living in Tel Aviv, who was tracked down and arrested on Wednesday
The two suspects – both of whom are in their 20s – were brought
before the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court for a remand extension on Thursday, where
the Sudanese man’s remand was extended by five days and the Israeli Arab man’s
remand by three days.
The latter was released on bail on
In court, police said that they believe that only the African
migrant man was present at the time of the rape, and that he later sold the
phone to the second suspect. Police said the African migrant man told them that
he bought the phone from someone else.
Police added that they had the
victim do a photo line-up of the suspect, but she picked out a different man in
Last month, a 25-year-old American tourist told police she
was raped by two men in the back of a store at the Jaffa flea market during the
middle of the day on June 24. The two men were indicted several days later for