Brother Arrested for Suspected 'Honor' Killing

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RAMLE, Israel - Israel Police officers arrested Mahmoud Abu-Ghanem on suspicious of murdering his teenage sister.

Dalia Abu-Ghanem, 16, who has been missing for more than two weeks, may be the ninth victim of the family's "honor" killings.

The teenage mother of a three-month old, forced to marry at age 14, spent time in a battered women's shelter after being abused and threatened with murder.

"But she chose to go back to her family's neighborhood, as other local [Muslim] women did and were then attacked," a policeman testified at a hearing at the Ramle Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The court extended the remand of the victim's 28-year-old brother for 10 more days.

Police have asked the public to be on the lookout for the missing teenager, who was forcefully abducted and may have already been murdered.

"One day she disappeared," a neighbor told the Israeli daily Haaretz. "Some think she was murdered; others say she ran away. No one knows what happened to her," she said.

"There is a lot of fear here in the neighborhood. Women are frightened [and are] always asking who's next to go, who's left," she said.

Source: Haaretz

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