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An 81-year-old Ashkelon woman was beaten unconscious by two thieves on Thursday night. Police suspect the two assailants, ages 26 and 19, planned the crime in advance, believing the woman was carrying a large sum of money. They ran over the woman with their car shortly after she got off a bus and then beat her severely.
The pensioner was evacuated to Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital in serious condition with bruises to her head and body, and later transferred to Beersheba's Seroka Medical Center, where she is now described as stable and in moderate condition.
The suspects, who have criminal records, were arrested and will be brought to court for a remand hearing. The stolen money was recovered in full.