NABLUS, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (WAFA) – Ten Palestinians were injured early Wednesday from Israeli gunfire as hundreds of Israeli settlers forced their way into Joseph’s Tomb in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, said security sources.
Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of fanatic Jewish settlers into the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, sparking confrontations with Palestinian residents.
Soldiers opened fire on Palestinians protesting the raid and attempting to block settlers’ access to the site, injuring two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets.
One of the casualties, identified as Mutasem Saqf Al-Heit, a journalist, was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the abdomen. Both casualties were rushed to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.
Soldiers also showered protesters with tear gas canisters, causing eight protesters to suffocate. All suffocation cases received first aid treatment at the scene.
Settlers repeatedly break into Joseph’s Tomb, located in a densely Palestinian populated area in Nablus, provoking chaos and confrontation with local residents.