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IDF: Man tried to snatch soldier’s gun near Ashkelon, shot by Binyamin brigade chief

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A screenshot of a junction outside Ashkelon on April 10, 2022. (Netivei Yisrael)
A screenshot of a junction outside Ashkelon on April 10, 2022. (Netivei Yisrael)

The Israel Defense Forces confirms that an officer shot a man suspected of trying to snatch an Israeli soldier’s weapon near Ashkelon a short while ago.

The officer is Colonel Eliav Elbaz, the commander of the Binyamin Territorial Brigade.

Police are scanning the area for other potential suspects. The alleged assailant has reportedly been shot dead. His identity remains unclear.

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