The Top Headlines You Might Have Missed During Yom Kippur

Palestinian shot dead in Nablus one day after four Israelis enter city ■ Lebanon demands changes to maritime deal proposal with Israel ■ Elon Musk agrees to purchase Twitter for $44 billion

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Israeli streets fill with pedestrians and bicyclists during Yom Kippur.
Israeli streets fill with pedestrians and bicyclists during Yom Kippur.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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Israeli officials might be satisfied with the U.S.-brokered maritime border deal with Lebanon, but late on Tuesday a senior Lebanese official said the government has submitted a list of "amendments" Beirut would like to see before signing the agreement.

Deputy speaker of Parliament Elias Bou Saab spoke with local broadcaster LBCI and said he does not think the proposed changes would derail the deal and that, while the response did not signify approval of the draft, talks were so advanced that "we are done negotiating."

London-based Energean’s drill ship begins drilling at the Karish natural gas field offshore Israel in the east Mediterranean May 9, 2022.Credit: ARI RABINOVITCH/ REUTERS

One dead, seven wounded in West Bank

In the West Bank, where IDF raids and Palestinian attacks reached a boiling point in recent weeks, two Israeli women and two children were apprehended by Palestinians as they entered the city of Nablus on Tuesday. They were eventually returned to Israel by the Palestinian Authority.

The Israeli army also confirmed the incident, saying that "a number of Israeli citizens entered Nablus and were escorted out of the city by Palestinian security forces, in coordination with the army. The citizens will be questioned by police."

An Israeli soldier at the entrance to Nablus, on Sunday.Credit: Fadi Amun

Shortly after, Israeli police reported that an officer was shot in the leg near the Ofra junction, south of Nablus. According to police, security forces attempted to stop a vehicle for inspection when the driver sped off and gunfire was reported. One officer was shot in the leg and evacuated to a hospital for treatment. The suspect, who also suffered a gunshot wound, was arrested at a nearby checkpoint.

On Wednesday, a 21-year-old Palestinian, later identified by the local health ministry as Alaa Nasser Za'el, was shot and killed during confrontations in the Palestinian village of Deir al-Hatab, east of Nablus.

The Palestinian Health Ministry also said that five people – including a reporter and cameraman from a local television station – were wounded by gunfire during the incident. They were taken to a hospital in moderate condition.

Lynches against Arabs rock Bat Yam during holiday

A crowd of Jewish worshippers overturned a car in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam on Tuesday night during the Yom Kippur holiday, after noticing the passengers were Arab. In a separate incident, three Bedouin Arabs were taken to the hospital after being attacked in the same city, with one of them suffering from a stab wound.

Netanyahu heads to hospital during prayers

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Wednesday after suffering chest pains, but is feeling better now and will stay in the hospital overnight for observation.

According to a Likud party spokesperson, Netanyahu began to feel ill during Yom Kippur prayers at his synagogue, and was taken in his car to the hospital for further tests.

Putin to nationalize occupied Ukraine nuclear plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to nationalize Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe. Russian troops currently occupy the plant, where heavy fighting has caused significant concern in recent months.

A view of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and the Dnipro river on the other side of Nikopol, Ukraine on Aug, 22, 2022.Credit: Evgeniy Maloletka /AP

"The government is instructed to ensure that objects for the use of nuclear energy of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and other property necessary for its functioning are taken into state ownership," stated a decree published on Wednesday.

In the ongoing conflict, Ukrainian forces have been approaching the borders of Luhansk – one of four Ukrainian territories that Russia has annexed following what Western nations have denounced as illegal sham referendums held at gunpoint.

Twitter stocks rally as Musk buys out company

In tech news, reports surfaced on Tuesday stating that billionaire Elon Musk has agreed to purchase Twitter for $44 billion – the original price agreed upon earlier this year.

The social media's stock jumped nearly 13% to $47.93 before trading stopped on the New York Stock Exchange, which listed “news pending” as the reason for the halt. Neither Twitter nor lawyers for Musk responded to messages seeking comment on development.

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