At least two Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and three others suffocated from teargas inhalation during clashes that erupted in Nablus, early Monday, after hundreds of Israeli settlers came to perform rituals at Josephâs Tomb.
Palestinian security sources told WAFA that hundreds of Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli forces, arrived at Josephâs Tomb near Balata refugee camp, prompting clashesÂ between Israeli soldiers and local Palestinian youth.
Palestinian medical sources saidÂ that two Palestinians were shot and injured by rubber-coated steel rounds, while three others suffocated from teargas inhalation.
Josephâs Tomb is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians and Samaritans. ThoughÂ Jewish IsraeliÂ settlers regularly break into the holy siteÂ to perform Talmudic rituals, under the claim that it belongs to the biblical Joseph, historical novels stress that the tomb belongs to one Sheikh Yusef Dweikat, a local religious figure.
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