In another act of terror reported by the IDF on Monday morning, two Hasidic Jews were shot and wounded while trying to reach Joseph’s Tomb near the West Bank city of Nablus.
Although the circumstances of the shooting are still unclear, the men, who are part of the Bratslav community, were attempting to reach the shrine without having coordinated with the military, which usually oversees visits by Jewish worshipers.
After the shooting, the men, and the rest of their group, managed to reach an IDF checkpoint near the shrine, where they received first aid assistance and were evacuated to the Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikvah, the army said.
The two men were light to moderately injured and the IDF was investigating the circumstances of their injuries. As it stands, the men were going to the shrine in order to help restore it after Sunday’s incident where Palestinians vandalized and set fire to parts of the shrine, drawing widespread condemnation in Israel. On Sunday night, around 100 Palestinians broke into the site, rioted and smashed objects inside, and set it ablaze, before they were dispersed by Palestinian security forces.