Settlers in Joseph's Tomb in 2013 (image from The Iran Project)

Security sources stated that nine Palestinians were injured, by Israeli army gunfire as hundreds of Israeli settlers forced their way into Joseph’s Tomb, on Monday morning, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of illegal settlers onto the site, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, located in the ‘Palestinian controlled’ area, sparking confrontations with Palestinian residents.

Soldiers shot rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear-gas canisters at Palestinians protesting the invasion, and attempting to block settlers’ access to the site, resulting in the injury of several protesters.

The Red Crescent stated that the 3 Palestinians shot with rubber-coated steel bullets were moved to Rafidia hospital, while 6 others were treated on the scenes after suffering the effects of inhaling tear gas, used by Israeli soldiers to break up protests.

Settlers repeatedly break into Joseph’s Tomb, and perform Talmudic rituals, provoking chaos and confrontation with local Palestinian residents.

Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam