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Clashes in Nablus area as Israeli troops, settlers enter Joseph's Tomb

Sept. 12, 2013 10:45 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2013 7:56 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) – Seven Palestinians were hurt early Thursday morning by tear gas and stun grenades which Israeli forces fired heavily in Askar refugee camp near Nablus while escorting hundreds of settlers to Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed Askar camp firing tear-gas canisters and stun grenades at Palestinian homes. Seven people were hurt including Thaer Qandil, Husam Qatanani, Murad Abu Musallam and Amid Abu Sayyaf.

They added that the invading Israeli forces detained four Palestinians. Troops used police dogs as they ransacked Palestinian homes in the camp. Three detainees were identified as Imad Abu Tayyoun and his sons Abdullah and Abboud. Two were released shortly after they were detained.

Israeli forces then detained Husam Qatanani after they injured him.

According to locals, the event started after hundreds of settlers were escorted by Israeli forces to Joseph’s Tomb where they performed Jewish rites until daybreak. Young Palestinians gathered hurling stones and fire bombs at the Israeli forces.

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