Jerusalem24 – Several Palestinian protestors were injured yesterday evening from Israeli military gunfire, as Israeli settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus city in the North of the West Bank.
Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of Israeli settlers into the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, sparking confrontations with Palestinian residents.
Soldiers opened fire on Palestinians protesting the raid and attempting to block settlers’ access to the site. Five of them were injured including a journalist with rubber-coated steel bullets and others suffocated from tear gas.
The casualties were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, whereas the suffocation cases were treated at the scene.
Settlers repeatedly break into Joseph’s Tomb, located in a densely Palestinian populated area in Nablus, provoking confrontation with local residents.
The site of Joseph’s Tomb is contentious. Palestinians believe the site to be the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure, while Israeli settlers believe it to belong to the Biblical Patriarch Joseph.