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Palestinians injured as hundreds of Israeli settlers storm Joseph's Tomb

Dec. 10, 2018 10:42 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 9:59 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian youths suffered from tear-gas inhalation, on predawn Monday, during clashes that broke out after Israeli settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb, in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources confirmed that that clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces after hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb near 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 fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear-gas bombs, and stun grenades towards the youths.

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.

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