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Police: Jerusalem woman strangled over rejected marriage proposal

June 5, 2013 6:36 P.M. (Updated: June 10, 2013 8:41 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Wednesday identified a 19-year-old Palestinian as the main suspect in the murder of a woman from Jerusalem.

Police spokeswoman Luba al-Samari said 19-year-old Mohammad Shweiki was suspected of choking Minas Qasim to death because her family rejected his marriage proposal.

The body of Qasim, 21, was found near a dump in East Jerusalem's al-Eizariya area on May 6, three days after she disappeared on her way home from work. An autopsy revealed the cause of death as strangling.

Police found Qasim's belongings at the suspect's home, including a necklace and her mobile phone, al-Samari said in a statement.

Shweiki was under house arrest at the time of the murder in relation to a robbery in Tel Aviv.

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