Tens of right-wing activists and settler hilltop youth were arrested by security forces after they attempted to enter the Joseph's Tomb holy site in the West Bank city of Nablus late Wednesday night.
IDF, Border Patrol and Police forces chased activists through the city as they tried to reach the site without the approval of either the IDF or the Palestinian Authority, which controls Joseph's Tomb. IDF soldiers fired illumination flares in the city which helped them locate activists. PA police were deployed near Joseph's Tomb but the activists were detained by the various forces operating in the area before they were able to reach their destination.
Some of the activists belonged to a group called the "Hebrew Youth."
All were released by police shortly after outside of Nablus city limits.
The march comes just days after Ben Yosef Livnat, 24, was killed in Nablus early Sunday morning by Palestinian policemen as he led a group of Breslev worshipers out of the city after they had prayed at the tomb.