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Israel Kills 2 Palestinians as Fundamentalist Minister Ben-Gvir Gets Wish to Form New Nat’l Guard

HeadlineApr 03, 2023

Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man at an entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday. Witnesses say soldiers fired more than 20 rounds in less than a minute, after the man tried to prevent police from harassing a woman whom they’d stopped on her way to the mosque. The victim, 26-year-old Mohammed Khaled Elasibi, was a Palestinian citizen of Israel who had just finished medical school. In the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian man was fatally shot by an Israeli soldier hours later near the town of Beit Ummar. Witnesses say Israeli forces would not let medics access the injured 24-year-old, who bled to death.

The killings came as the Cabinet of Israel’s far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it had approved a plan to establish a new national guard under the control of Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s ultranationalist national security minister, who was once convicted of racist incitement against Palestinians and supporting a terrorist group.

In Syria, state media is reporting that Israeli airstrikes on Homs province wounded five Syrian soldiers early Sunday. It was at least the ninth airstrike by Israel inside Syria since the start of the year.

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