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Bennett mourns death of border guard, says he ‘fell defending Israel’s security’

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other Israeli leaders mourn the death of Barel Shmueli, a Border Police officer who was shot in the head during a recent riot on the Gaza border.

Bennett says Shmueli, 21, “fell defending Israel’s security” and that there are “no words” that can comfort his family.

“Barel was a warrior in life and death,” Bennett says in a statement. “He fought for his life until the last moment.”

Defense Minister Benny Gantz also hails Shmueli as “among the country’s best sons.”

“In the name of the security establishment, I send condolences from the depth of my heart to his parents and family members. May you know no more sorrow,” Gantz says.

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