Pregnant woman murdered in Ashdod

Woman stabbed over spilled coffee; doctors try to save baby.

pregnant woman 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
pregnant woman 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
A woman who was eight months pregnant was stabbed to death by her neighbor in Ashdod  on Sunday following an argument over spilledcoffee.
Tali Atar, 34, was repeatedly stabbed in the torso and neck by a 38-year-old mother of two who lived one floor below her, police said.
Atar was rushed to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot in critical condition, where doctors battled to save her life and rescue her unborn child.
The baby was rescued by an emergency c-section operation, and is said to be in stable condition, but Atar succumbed to her wounds shortly afterwards, doctors said.
Police arrested the murder suspect after arriving at the building, and say the suspect, a mother of two, has linked herself to the stabbing.
 "We arrived at the address after being notified of an incident," Supt. Meital Geref, spokeswoman of Lachish police, told The JerusalemPost.
Several reports said the two women had been involved in a long-standing and escalating feud, and that Atar was stabbed after being accused by her neighbor of deliberately spilling coffee outside of the suspect's apartment.
The two women allegedly met at the building's entrance, where the murder suspect produced a knife and proceeded to stab Atar.
"We are at the start of the investigation. We cannot yet confirm that there was a previous feud," Geref said.
She added that police received a report that garbage had been thrown outside of the door of the murder victim on Sunday morning.
"We had no previous complaints of violent incidents," Geref said.
Paramedics described finding Atar lying in a pool of blood outside of the building and commencing immediate attempts to save her life.
Atar, who had three children in addition to the new born baby, worked in a soup kitchen, family members said.