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In video: Hundreds of Israeli settlers raid Joseph's Tomb, 1 Palestinian injured

June 26, 2018 1:58 P.M. (Updated: June 26, 2018 4:21 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and wounded a Palestinian youth with live bullets while another 17 were wounded with rubber bullets, and dozens suffered tear-gas inhalation during clashes in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Tuesday.

Palestinian Red Crescent teams said that they immediately transferred the injured Palestinian to a hospital and treated dozens injured with rubber bullets and suffering tear-gas suffocation.

Locals told Ma'an that clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces after dozens of Israeli settlers raided Joseph’s Tomb near the Balata refugee camp east of Nablus City.

Clashes were triggered when Israeli settlers began performing Jewish religious rituals in Joseph’s Tomb under the tight security of Israeli forces.

Sources added that Israeli forces stormed northern Nablus City before midnight on Monday and surrounded Joseph’s Tomb in order to secure Israeli settlers' visit to the holy site.

Joseph's Tomb is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans alike. The Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site being located in Area A where the PA has full control, and prohibits Muslims from worshiping at the site.

Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews regularly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.

Palestinians believe that Joseph's Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousif Dweikat, a local religious figure.

In the video below, Israeli settlers are seen performing religious rituals in the tomb:

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