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3 Palestinians injured in clashes near Nablus tomb

Feb. 27, 2014 12:21 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 28, 2014 3:58 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured early Thursday during clashes with Israeli military forces in Nablus, locals said.

Clashes broke out after a large force of Israeli soldiers entered Nablus to escort hundreds of settlers to Joseph's Tomb.

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at local youths, injuring Issa Lutfi al-Hashash, 17, and Abdul-Karim Raed Fattouh, 16.

Both teenagers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Ibrahim Abdul-Raof Shakokani, 27, was hospitalized after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers.

Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, Joseph's Tomb 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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