Dozens of Israeli soldiers accompanied, on Monday at dawn,several buses loaded with colonialist settlers into the northern West Bank city of Nablus to visit Joseph’s Tomb site, before clashing with local protesters,shooting four, and causing twenty to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources said the invasion was carried out into the eastern area of Nablus, to facilitate the entry of hundreds of colonialist settlers, before attacking dozens of Palestinian protesters, who hurled stones at them.

The sources added that the soldiers shot four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused at least twenty to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Local medics provided the needed treatment to the Palestinians who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and moved the four wounded residents to Rafidia governmental hospital.   

Joseph’s the Patriarch is revered by Jews, Muslims,Christians and Samaritans, and the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the shrine being located in an area under control by the Palestinian Authority.