Woman fighting for her life after boyfriend allegedly beat her at airport
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Woman fighting for her life after boyfriend allegedly beat her at airport

Man accused of attacking girlfriend as the couple, who had arrived from Ukraine, waited in line at border control; victim sedated and on respirator in intensive care

Illustrative image of travelers seen at the arrival hall of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, on April 11, 2018. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
Illustrative image of travelers seen at the arrival hall of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, on April 11, 2018. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

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.

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