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Israeli police arrest man suspected of killing daughters

July 7, 2013 5:32 P.M. (Updated: July 8, 2013 6:09 P.M.)
BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli police have arrested a man suspected of murdering his two young Bedouin daughters in a Negev village, Israeli media reported Sunday.

The man was arrested Tuesday after hiding in caves near the Dead Sea for 40 days, the Israeli news site Haaretz reported. He is suspected of killing his daughters Asinad, 2, and Ramais, 3, in May.

Southern Region Police Commander Yoram Halevy said the man had hidden in open areas, caves and ravines, Haaretz reported.

"This manhunt was conducted by the best units in the Israel Police, using the most advanced technology that exists in the organization," Halevy said. "We are making enormous efforts to collect all the necessary evidence so that there will be a solid basis for the Southern District Attorney to issue an indictment."

The suspect denies the charges and says his daughters were killed by someone from the West Bank who had a dispute with the victims' mother, public defender Tomer Urinov said, according to Haaretz.

The bereaved mother Abir Dandis, 27, obtained a court order to bury her daughters in al-Eizariya, her home town in East Jerusalem.

She told Ma'an she had donated the toddlers' organs in the hope they could save the lives of other children.

"The father's family deprived me of my daughters when they were alive since I broke up with my husband on 1 November 2011. At that time, Asinad was three months old.

"Then my husband murdered them, and I decided to donate their organs to give life to patients who need organs," she told Ma'an.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino dismissed three senior officers for negligence in handling a complaint by the girls' mother a day before they were killed, Haaretz said.

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