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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youth in Nablus

Aug. 28, 2018 10:59 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 1:36 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and severely injured a Palestinian youth during clashes that erupted after hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus predawn Tuesday to perform religious rituals at Joseph's Tomb.

A Ma'an reporter said that hundreds of Israeli settlers raided Nablus under heavy military protection, sparking violent clashes with dozens of local Palestinian youths.

Sources added that Israeli forces shot live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs towards Palestinian youths to disperse them.

A representative of the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma'an that Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth with three live bullets during clashes.

The youth, who was not yet identified, was immediately transferred to the Rafidiya Governmental Hospital near Nablus to receive necessary medical treatment.

Reports confirmed that the youth was in moderate to serious condition.

Joseph's Tomb is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians and Samaritans alike. The Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site being located in Area A where the Palestinian Authority (PA) has full control, and prohibits Muslims from worshiping at the site.

Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews regularly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.

Palestinians believe that Joseph's Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousif Dweikat, a local religious figure.

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