The Lebanese Internal Security Forces arrested a man Sunday after his wife was found “slaughtered” beside her infant son who was critically injured at their home in Nabatieh, the state-run National News Agency reported.
The woman, said to be a Syrian refugee, was found dead beside her infant child who had knife wounds on his neck.
There were signs that a struggle occured before the crime, NNA reported, due to the “chaotic” state the house was in.
The child was taken to the Nabih Berri governmental hospital in a critical condition.
Security forces, including ISF personnel, and a forensic doctor began inspecting the scene after the crime was discovered, according to NNA.
The victim’s husband, identified as M.K., was arrested by the ISF’s Information Branch as part of investigations into the crime.
Between early December and the end of January, at least eight women died violently at the hands of men in Lebanon, with news of the quick succession of killings sparking protests.
According to figures collected by the gender-based violence NGO KAFA and Lebanon’s Support Civil Society Knowledge Center, last year saw the highest rate of femicide – the killing of a woman because of her gender – in Lebanon since the project started in 2010, with 17 victims of male violence.
The majority of these crimes were committed by family members.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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