Holon: Patient burns HMO worker to death

A man, who is most likely mentally unstable, poured flammable material in a health maintenance organization room in Holon and lit it on fire. A worker was with him inside the room and she burned to her death. The suspect fled the scene and was captured following a manhunt by the Israel Police.

Outside of the crime scene in Holon

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A Holon health maintenance organization (HMO) worker was killed this morning (Tuesday) after a patient, who was most likely mentally unstable, poured flammable material on the floor and lit a room on fire. The Magen David Adom (MDA) team that arrived on the scene immediately pronounced the worker dead. In addition to the victim, three people were treated and evacuated for anxiety.

The suspect, a 78-year-old Holon resident, fled the scene and was captured following a manhunt.The Israel Police conducted a search after the patient on adjacent streets and he was captured shortly after. At that point, the police evaluated whether the incident’s circumstances were criminal or suicidal.

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An Israel Police officer holds the lighter used by the patient Photo Credit: MDA/Channel 2 News

“I am horrified at the prospect that a health maintenance organization worker was allegedly murdered by a patient during medical treatment,” said Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman in response to the difficult incident in Holon. “This has crossed all the red lines of prohibited and dangerous violence. I trust the Israel Police that is currently conducting preliminary evaluations in order to investigate the difficult incident and we will wait to receive the results.”



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