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IDF Soldier Shot While Guarding Joseph's Tomb

Jewish pilgrimage to Joseph's Tomb (Photo: wikicommons/דוד קורצוג)

Amidst terrorist violence at a holy Jewish site in the West Bank, an IDF soldier has escaped with his life. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that the soldier, guarding Joseph's Tomb in Nablus during a Jewish pilgrimage, was shot during riots by Palestinians:

An IDF soldier was shot and moderately wounded while guarding a group of religious Jews visiting the Joseph’s Tomb holy site, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, early Thursday morning, the army said.

The injured soldier was brought to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment and is currently in stable condition, an army spokesperson said.

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...

Local residents also rolled burning tires and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at troops guarding the area...

According to Jewish tradition, the biblical patriarch is buried in the tomb, while Muslims say a local sheikh is buried there...

While gunfire is relatively uncommon, local Palestinians regularly attack the soldiers guarding the visitors with rocks, firebombs and burning tires.

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