An IDF soldier was shot and moderately wounded while guarding a group of Jews visiting the Joseph’s Tomb holy site, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, early Thursday morning.
The injured soldier was brought to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment and is currently in stable condition, an army spokesperson said.
Overnight, Israeli security forces accompanied Jewish worshipers to Joseph’s tomb in #Nablus. Shots were fired & a soldier was injured
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) September 1, 2016
The shots were fired at the entrance to the Balata refugee camp, which is located a few blocks away from the tomb, on the outskirts of Nablus.
“The circumstances of the incident are being investigated,” the army said in a statement.
Local residents also rolled burning tires and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at troops guarding the area.
The forces responded with riot dispersal tactics, and the visitors were able to complete their prayers “as planned,” the army said.
The military, along with the Border Police and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, oversees such pilgrimages to Joseph’s Tomb every month.
Read more at: Times of Israel