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Police Battle with Ultra-orthodox Jews over Removal of a Body

Police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the city’s religious Mekor Baruch quarter when they tried to prevent police from removing the body of a suspected murder victim. The crowd feared that an autopsy would be performed on the body, in violation of halacha.

The body was that of Margalit Cohen, 71, who lived alone in the religious quarter. She had bruises around her head which police said suggested that she was beaten about the head with a blunt instrument, possibly during a robbery attempt. The police finally managed to take the body away.