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Clashes in Nablus as religious Jews visit tomb

Sept. 2, 2014 4:32 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2014 4:32 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out overnight Monday between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers as hundreds of religious Jews visited a tomb in Nablus.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that 200 Jews visited Joseph's Tomb under an armed guard of 35 military vehicles.

It was the first visit of its kind since the end of the war in Gaza.

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at Palestinians, who threw rocks at the soldiers.

No injuries were reported.

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, and it was immediately damaged and burnt by Palestinians.

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