Ashdod police arrested three minors aged 16 and 17 on Thursday on suspicion of brutally assaulting two teenagers aged 13 and 14 for no apparent reason late on Wednesday night.
One assault victim sustained a head injury in the attack. He was rushed to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot in moderate condition, where doctors sedated him and placed him on a ventilator. The second youth suffered a broken nose.
Police said the three suspects have past violent offenses on their record.
The assault victim who was less seriously injured said he was sitting on a public bench with a friend when the youths passed by them and launched an unprovoked assault. While he managed to escape, his friend was repeatedly struck by the gang, the teenager added.