Palestinian gunmen fire in direction of MKs visiting Joseph's Tomb in Nablus

12 people were arrested across the West Bank overnight on suspicion of involvement in terror activities.

 IDF soldiers securing the entry of worshipers to Joseph's Tomb October 13, 2022. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
IDF soldiers securing the entry of worshipers to Joseph's Tomb October 13, 2022.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Palestinian gunmen fired in the direction of a convoy of MKs visiting Joseph's Tomb near Nablus overnight on Tuesday.

The eight incoming MKs were visiting Joseph's Tomb ahead of their entry into the new government coalition which is expected to be formed in the coming weeks.

The convoy was comprised of Likud MKs Idit Silman, Amichai Chikli, Boaz Bismuth and Nissim Vatori. With them was Shas MK Yoni Meshariki, Religious Zionist MK Ohad Tal, and Otzma Yehudit MKs Almog Cohen and Limor Sohn Har-Meleh.

Prior to their visit to the tomb, a Palestinian group calling itself the "Balata Brigade" warned against their arrival, stating "we are ready, and you will see the unthinkable."

As the MKs were preparing the leave the tomb, gunmen began shooting in the direction of the security forces protecting the area. No casualties were reported either to the MKs or to the Israeli security forces.

 A convoy of 8 MKs visited Joseph's Tomb ahead of the formation of a new government, November 8, 2022 (credit: SAMARIA REGIONAL COUNCIL) A convoy of 8 MKs visited Joseph's Tomb ahead of the formation of a new government, November 8, 2022 (credit: SAMARIA REGIONAL COUNCIL)

Prior to the incident, unrest and violence had already broken out in the area, with stones and explosive devices being thrown and the path to the tomb being obstructed.

According to Palestinian reports, one person was shot dead by IDF fire.

Operation Break the Wave

IDF, Shin Bet and Israel Border Police forces arrested 12 wanted individuals on suspicion of involvement in terror activities in the West Bank over Tuesday night.

As well as operating in the area of Joseph's Tomb, Israeli security forces operated in the villages of Nabi Saleh and Al-Lubban, arresting two wanted individuals.

During the operation in Nabi Saleh, violent unrest broke out, with Palestinians throwing stones and attempting to prevent the forces from passing through.

IDF forces also operated in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, arresting two and seizing illegally acquired weapons.