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11 Palestinians injured as Israeli settlers raid Joseph's Tomb

April 24, 2019 12:49 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2019 12:52 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Eleven Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and suffered tear-gas suffocation, on predawn Wednesday, after clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces escorting Israeli settlers into Joseph's Tomb in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Palestinian medical sources said that Palestinian Red Crescent teams treated five Palestinians injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, including one in the head, who were all then transferred to the Rafidiya Governmental Hospital.

Sources added that dozens of others suffered tear-gas suffocation.

Palestinian security sources said that dozens of Israeli settlers arrived in buses into Nablus City to visit Joseph's Tomb.

Despite lying in Area A under full Palestinian authority, Israeli forces maintain control at the site and prohibit Muslims from praying there.

Palestinians believe that Joseph's Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yusef Dweikat, a local religious figure. Others believe that the tomb belongs to the Biblical patriarch Joseph. The area is sacred to Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Muslims alike.
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