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21 Palestinians injured as clashes break out near Nablus tomb

May 15, 2015 11:29 A.M. (Updated: May 16, 2015 10:05 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- At least 21 Palestinians were injured early Friday after clashes broke out in Nablus with Israeli military forces following a visit by Israelis to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, security officials said.

Over 30 Israeli military jeeps entered the city late Thursday and soldiers positioned themselves on rooftops and around the tomb in preparation for a night visit by some 1,500 Israelis for prayers, which lasted until 3:30 a.m.

Clashes broke out with local youths, who threw rocks and empty bottles at the soldiers, who in turn responded with live fire, tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Twenty-one Palestinians sustained injuries to their lower extremities, most from live fire, locals said.

Israeli settlers frequently visit Joseph's Tomb under the protection of Israeli forces. Despite lying in Area A under full Palestinian authority, Israeli forces maintain control at the site and prohibit Muslims from praying there.

Seven of those injured Friday were identified as Abd al-Karim Rashed Futouh, Baraa Malik Abd al-Hamid, Ahmad Mufleh Dweikat, Bassel Walid Abu Daoud, Yamen Samir Imran, Bahaa Hassan Fayumi and Sameh Sawalmeh.

Israeli media reports said that 4,000 Israelis, including prominent settlement leaders, and head of the Israeli Central Command, which rules over the occupied West Bank, Roni Numa attended the prayers.

Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA / Israel
It is unfortunate that this article fails to mention that Israel is simply exercising rights it has under the Oslo Agreements.
Some earlier Ma'an articles did explain this.
15/05/2015 16:57
John Costello / US
Yes and Palestinians haven't the ability to suspend those rights anytime (or all the time) as Israel has. Effectively this "right" is just an example of how Israel can act with impunity, with or without a fig leaf. And it will continue to because they have US, THE BOMB and no regard for Goy law.
17/05/2015 06:48
connie / israel
It's interesting how supporters of the Israeli occupation invoke the Oslo Agreements...in a most selective manner, of course!
17/05/2015 11:33
Tibi / Tubas
-1- Sumud, "steadfast perseverance", is good, but reason is better, and
Palestinians should have learned over the decades, that
-2- Clashes never changed anything, except their numbers being sent to jails, hospitals, and morgues !!
18/05/2015 18:31
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