Maintenance and cleaning was completed in Joseph's Tomb on Tuesday night, with a few dozen people entering the area for that purpose. No worshippers entered the tomb.
IDF officers, head of the Shomron Municipal Council Yossi Dagan and other council officials were among those who entered.
Last month, some 20 Jewish worshippers entered Joseph's Tomb in Nablus without prior coordination with the IDF or a security escort, according to Israeli media. The worshippers were caught by Palestinian Authority security forces and returned to Israel safely. it was the second time in a week that Jews were found at the tomb without prior coordination or a security escort.