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Dozens of settlers visit West Bank tomb

April 24, 2013 10:15 A.M. (Updated: April 24, 2013 11:05 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of settlers visited Joseph's tomb in Nablus early Wednesday, locals said.

More than six buses carrying the settlers were seen by the tomb at around 1 a.m., surrounded by Israeli military forces, witnesses told Ma'an.

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and youths, witnesses added.

Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, the site was to remain under Israeli control. But the Israeli army evacuated the premises in October 2000 shortly after the start of the second intifada, or uprising, and it was immediately destroyed and burnt by the Palestinians.

The restoration of the tomb was completed recently, and following improved security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, the army allows Jewish worshipers to make monthly nocturnal pilgrimages to the site.
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