Nablus, ALRAY - 20 Palestinian youths have been injured by Israeli gunfire during confrontations erupted when Israeli settlers broke into Joseph’s Tomb in the northern occupied West Bank of Nablus.
On Wednesday at dawn, fierce confrontations were erupted in the city of Nablus when Israeli soldiers stormed the eastern area of the Joseph’s tomb to cover the entry of illegal settlers allegedly for performing Talmudic rituals.
Local sources reported that dozens of Israeli military vehicles including a bulldozer and foot troops broke into the eastern area of the tomb.
The sources pointed out that scores of Palestinian youths confronted them, closed Amman street with burning tires, and hurled them with stones, indicating that the soldiers met them with firing sound grenades, tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, and live ammunition.
Later, the sources added, over a dozen of buses carrying settlers reached the area, so as to break into the Joseph’s tomb, with Israeli soldiers dispersing Palestinian youths from the area.
On February 9, Israeli settlers were due to break into the Joseph’s tomb, however, the decision was postponed by the Israeli army as a result of the security situation that followed the announcement of the US-concocted so-called Deal of the Century.