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Israeli woman found dead near West Bank settlement

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that her death was "a despicable murder" [Getty]

Date of publication: 21 December, 2020

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Israeli media identified the deceased as Esther Horgen, 52, a mother of six from the Tal Menashe settlement.
Israeli police were investigating on Monday after an Israeli woman was found dead in a forest near a West Bank settlement.

Police searched the forest near the settlement of Tal Menashe after her family reported her disappearance on Sunday. They said in a statement that the body was found with signs of violence.

Israeli media identified the deceased as Esther Horgen, 52, a mother of six from Tal Menashe.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, and police issued a gag order on all details of the investigation. Settler leaders said Horgen was killed in a Palestinian attack.

Read also: Three killed amid alarming rise in crime among Israel's Palestinian community

Defense Minister Benny Gantz wrote on Twitter that her death was "a despicable murder" and said Israeli forces were working to apprehend those responsible.

Nearly 500,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, which Israel illegally occupied in the 1967 war. The Palestinians want the West Bank to be part of their future state and view the settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace, a position shared by much of the international community.

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