'It was a terrible sight'

Woman found decapitated in Tiberias after her apartment goes up in flames. Ex-husband found wandering streets covered in blood.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 14:02

Scene of suspected murder in Tiberias
Scene of suspected murder in Tiberias
Courtesy of MDA

Police made a grisly discovery on Wednesday in the northern town of Tiberias near the Sea of Galilee.

A woman in her 30s was found decapitated in the northern town shortly after a fire was reported in her apartment.

Police say a man covered in blood was arrested near the scene. Authorities have identified the suspect as the victim’s ex-husband.

Witnesses say the suspect carried the victim’s severed head down the street, yelling that he had “killed Amalek”, before throwing the head away in a garbage can.

“People saw him wandering around holding his wife’s head while trying to light her hair on fire,” said Naftali Terblasi, a writer for Radio Kol Rega. “They asked him what happened, and he said that he murdered his wife.”

The suspect then reportedly returned to his ex-wife’s home and proceeded to set the apartment on fire.

“It was a terrible sight,” said MDA paramedic Taleb Abdallah. “We found a woman in her 30s and were forced to pronounce her dead at the scene.”

A firefighting unit was dispatched to the scene to put out the blaze and evacuate residents endangered by the fire.

Neighbors say the suspect has a history of mental illness.