Jewish worshippers infiltrate Nablus, clash with IDF

Infiltrators take hold of Joseph's Tomb, call on Israel to retake control of area; IDF spokesman: "This behavior risks peoples' lives."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 30, 2011 09:17
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Nablus infiltrator_311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)

 
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Some 200 Jewish worshippers on Sunday night illegally entered Nablus to go pray at Joseph's Tomb, an IDF spokesperson statement said.

About 50 of the infiltrators took hold over the tomb compound and clashed with security forces, the statement said.

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According to Army Radio, the infiltrators called for Israel to retake control over the area.

"This behavior risks lives and leads to the unnecessary risking of soldiers' lives who were forced to act even in daylight in the center of Nablus," the statement added.

Overnight Sunday, Palestinian filed complaints about property damage which will be looked into.

"The IDF sees the behavior of the infiltrators as severely irresponsible and it will be examined in cooperation with various security forces, who will also check the nature of the security over the entrance to Joseph's Tomb for the future," the IDF spokesperson said.

In related news, about 1600 worshippers entered Joseph's Tomb Sunday night under the approval of the IDF. Due to high demand to visit the Tomb, the number of buses to the destination were doubled.



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