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Controversial far-right Israeli minister taken to hospital after car accident

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Controversial far-right Israeli minister taken to hospital after car accident

Israel’s security minister, controversial far-right politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, has been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a car accident, police have said.

Video on social media showed the car Mr Ben-Gvir was travelling in had flipped over.

Police said they were investigating the circumstances of the accident and that Mr Ben-Gvir’s daughter, a security guard and a driver were also injured.

His office said the minister was in “good condition” following the smash.

Hebrew media aired footage of a black car overturned on the road and quoted a witness who said that the car had run a red light.

Mr Ben-Gvir was in the city of Ramle near Tel Aviv, visiting the site of what police said was a suspected stabbing attack.

Central district police chief Avi Biton said a 21-year-old man, who was reportedly mentally unstable, had stabbed a 19-year-old woman.

The car of Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir is seen upturned after an accident near the area where a suspected stabbing incident took place, after he visited the scene, in Ramle, Israel April 26, 2024 REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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He added that the suspect had been attempting to flee the scene when a civilian shot and “neutralised” him.

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Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visits the scene of what Israel's police describe as a suspected shooting attack near Bnei Reem, Israel February 16, 2024. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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Itamar Ben-Gvir Pic: Reuters

Israel’s ambulance service said the woman was conscious but in serious condition and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Mr Ben-Gvir is a controversial member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergency government.

He has a history of convictions related to support for terrorism and anti-Arab rhetoric.

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