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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in Nablus clashes

Jan. 21, 2019 10:56 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 1:43 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli forces during violent clashes in the Nablus City, in the northern occupied West Bank, on late Sunday.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed the eastern parts of Nablus City and were deployed across the area to escort dozens of Israeli settlers to Joseph’s Tomb.

Clashes erupted among Israeli forces and Palestinian youths as Israeli settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb, leading to injuring one Palestinian youth.

The Palestinian Ministry of Heath confirmed that the youth, whose identity remained unknown, was immediately transferred to the Rafidia Surgical Hospital.

The ministry also mentioned that the youth was shot with a live bullet in his thigh. His medical condition was reported to be stable.

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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