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Israeli forces, Palestinians clash near Nablus Tomb

Jan. 30, 2014 9:50 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 4:02 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured early Thursday during clashes near Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, locals said.

Israeli forces escorted seven buses carrying Israeli settlers to the tomb to perform Jewish rites, witnesses said.

Youths began to throw stones and empty bottles at the military forces, with Israeli soldiers firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the demonstrators and nearby houses.

Zaynab Ali al-Mughrabi, 65, and Adnan Khaldoun al-Umari, 13, were injured as a result of the clashes. They were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.

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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