Israeli soldiers injured, on Tuesday at dawn, five Palestinians, including a journalist, in Nablus city, in northern West Bank, after the army accompanied dozens of colonialist settlers into Joseph’s Tomb, east of the city.
Media sources said several army jeeps accompanied a few buses loaded with Israeli colonizers into the area, leading to protests.
They added that the soldiers fired several live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at the protesters.
Medical sources said the soldiers shot five young men, including a journalist identified as Abdullah Bahsh, with rubber-coated steel bullets.
Medics provided the wounded Palestinians with the needed treatment and moved the journalist to a local hospital after suffering moderate injuries.
The Israeli army frequently invades the eastern area of Nablus to accompany the colonists into the historic site, an issue that leads to protests, in addition to the ongoing invasions of homes and the abduction of many Palestinians.
Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans revere Joseph the patriarch alike, however, the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site being in Area A where the PA has full control and prohibits Muslims from worshiping at the site.
Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews constantly 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 Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure.
Furthermore, several Israeli army jeeps invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, Jenin city in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, shot a young Palestinian man and abducted two.
In related news, the soldiers abducted a young man from his home in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.