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Dozens of Palestinians and three Israelis injured in clashes around Nablus

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Dozens of Palestinians and three Israelis were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces this Thursday after dozens of settlers arrived at the tomb of Joseph on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Nablus.

The director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Ambulance Service in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, has explained in detail that a young man was injured by a bullet, while another 16 were hit by rubber bullets fired by Israeli forces.

He also pointed out that another 40 Palestinians were being treated for respiratory problems from tear gas inhalation, including four children and a baby, who were taken to a nearby hospital, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

On the other hand, he stressed that another five people suffered burns and two were treated after falling during the clashes, although all of them were treated on the spot and did not require hospitalization.

The Israeli army has confirmed that “soldiers escorted hundreds of believers to Joseph’s tomb” and has denounced that “armed Palestinians fired heavily on the believers, injuring two civilians and the commander of the Samaria Regional Brigade.”

“The soldiers went to the source of the shots and removed the civilians from the area,” he said on his official Twitter account.

The head of the Samaria regional council, Yossi Dagan, has stated, according to The Times of Israel newspaper, that the Israelis “will not relinquish control of Joseph’s Tomb”. Dagan himself was in the area during the clashes.

Patriarch Joseph’s tomb, located near the Balata refugee camp, is in an area controlled by the Palestinian Authority, which requires settlers to coordinate visits to the tomb with security forces.

The site has been the scene of numerous incidents in the past due to visits to the tomb by settlers and ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe the remains of the Old Testament patriarch lie there. The Palestinians consider the site to be the tomb of a local religious figure.

Source europapress.es

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