A woman in her thirties was fighting for her life Monday after allegedly being beaten by her boyfriend while waiting to enter Israel at Ben Gurion airport, the hospital treating her said.
The woman suffered serious head injuries and was in very serious condition, a spokesperson for Assaf Harofeh Medical Center said, adding that she was sedated and on a respirator and being treated in the intensive care ward.
The couple, who are Ukrainian citizens, had just arrived on a flight from Kiev. They were waiting at border control when the man allegedly attacked her, smashing her head into a wall.
The boyfriend was arrested and reportedly told police while being questioned that the woman stumbled and fell, hitting her head.
Some 2.2 million people were expected to pass through Ben Gurion during the month of September, which this year includes the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, according to Israel Airport Authority (IAA) figures.