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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nablus woman murdered for being pregnant with a girl

From Ma'an:
The confessed motive behind the slaying of a Nablus woman was the fact that the 27-year-old was carrying a female fetus, and not a male, Palestinian investigators told Ma'an on Thursday.

The woman, identified only as NB, was found dead in her home, and was later revealed to have been three months pregnant. She was already the mother to three boys and a girl, head of the Nablus investigations unit Major Raed Assaf said.

Officers explained that they arrested the woman's husband, identified as SB, following the discovery of defensive scratch wounds on his body, matching evidence of blood found under the young mother's nails.

Witnesses reportedly told police that a similar attempt on NB's life had been made during her first pregnancy, when the woman was carrying her eldest daughter. Relatives of the woman said SB was envious of his bother, who had nine sons. Following the news of the gender of the fetus, family members told police the woman reported regular beatings, in what she allegedly said was an attempt to terminate the pregnancy.

By my count, this is the eleventh woman murdered in the PalArab territories this year.