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Settlers storm Joseph's Tomb in Nablus

Members of the Palestinian police blocked the gate of Josephs Tomb in Nablus, West Bank on 24 April, 2011 [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]
Members of the Palestinian police blocked the gate of Josephs Tomb in Nablus, West Bank on 24 April, 2011 [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

Hundreds of extremist settlers stormed Joseph's Tomb east of the occupied northern West Bank town of Nablus early this morning accompanied by Israeli occupation forces.

Heads of the committee on settlements in the north of the West Bank, Ghassan Douglas, said in a statement that dozens of Israeli military vehicles stormed the eastern area of the city at dawn and spread themselves around Joseph's Tomb.

Yesterday, Israeli forces closed a road with dirt mounds and cement blocks near the Palestinian village of Osarin in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, residents said.

Locals told Ma'an that an Israeli military bulldozer escorted by several Israeli military vehicles closed the junction leading to Osarin completely and banned residents from passing through until further notice.

A number of snipers were positioned on rooftops overlooking the area before the settlers entered the area.

This is not the first time settlers have stormed the area. In September 2016 two Palestinians were injured after being shot with rubber-coated bullet after clashes broke out when settlers stormed the area.

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