Woman dies in possible murder-suicide stabbing in Haifa

The couple, who were reported to be husband and wife, were hospitalized at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa.

 Police are seen outside a residency in Haifa where a husband and wife were found in critical condition, on June 12, 2022. (photo credit: MDA SPOKESPERSON)
Police are seen outside a residency in Haifa where a husband and wife were found in critical condition, on June 12, 2022.
(photo credit: MDA SPOKESPERSON)

A 51-year-old woman identified as Samar Kalasani died and her 54-year-old husband was critically injured in a stabbing incident that may be an attempted murder-suicide scenario in Haifa, Israeli media reported Sunday. 

The couple was found unconscious and in critical condition. Magen David Adom (MDA) personnel performed resuscitation on the woman and gave care to the men, but the situation is ongoing and the causes behind the incident are being investigated.

 Magen David Adom (MDA) are seen responding to an emergency in Haifa, on June 12, 2022. (credit: MDA SPOKESPERSON) Magen David Adom (MDA) are seen responding to an emergency in Haifa, on June 12, 2022. (credit: MDA SPOKESPERSON)

The couple was hospitalized at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, KAN reported.

However, Kalasani later died of her injuries.

A neighbor, Yuwanna Kram, told Ynet that he had witnessed Kalasani's husband with a knife in his hand. 

"I shouted 'What are you doing?!' And he took her inside the house, closed the door and I heard her screaming 'save me!'" Kram recalled, according to Ynet. "Their daughter ran onto the street and shouted 'he's murdering my mother!' It went on like this for a few minutes before it went quiet."

"Their daughter ran onto the street and shouted 'he's murdering my mother!'"

Yuwanna Kram

The latest possible femicide

The incident in Haifa is the third case of possible femicide or attempted femicide in under a week, as noted by Prof. Shala Weil, founder and director of the Israel Observatory on Femicide (IOF).

Weil called on Israel to ratify the Istanbul Convention to combat violence against women.

This is a developing story.