In the early hours of Monday, 500 Israelis headed towards Joseph’s tomb in the northern West Bank were attacked by Palestinians, resulting in two Israeli troops being lightly wounded amidst the clash.
According to the Israeli Police, the Israeli Police, the troops were part of a Military Police force guarding a group of some 500 Jewish worshipers who went to the site, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
As per the official statement, Palestinians attacked the convoy of busses going to the shrine with live fire, stones, and homemade explosive devices. Soldiers then returned fire, but there were no immediate details on Palestinian casualties. One Israeli officer was hit by shrapnel from an explosive device, while the second was hit in the face with a stone. Both were lightly wounded.
Although unclear if there was a connection, these attacks came a day after Israeli forces killed five Palestinians (alleged members of a Hamas cell) in a series of raids across the West Bank. According to officials, the Hamas operatives who were targetted and killed during the raid were planning a major terror attack reminiscent of the Second Intifada.