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Terrorist Killed In Firefight With Israeli Forces Securing MKs’ Visit To Joseph’s Tomb

The gunmen attacked a delegation to Joseph's Tomb that included several Israeli lawmakers, said Israeli and Palestinian sources. 

One Palestinian was killed and several were wounded during a firefight in Nablus between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli security personnel early Wednesday.

The gunmen attacked a delegation to Joseph’s Tomb that included several Israeli lawmakers, said Israeli and Palestinian sources. 

“IDF and Israel Border Police forces secured the entrance of worshippers to Joseph’s Tomb in the city of Nablus. During the activity, shots were fired and heard in the area. 

“Additionally, a suspect placed an explosive device in the area. The soldiers responded with fire. A hit was identified,” the IDF said in a statement. 

The IDF said that one of their drones was downed during the conflict but it did not pose a security risk. 

Gunmen during the funeral of 18-year-old Palestinian Waseem Abu Khalifa, in Nablus, PAlestine, on August 8, 2022. Abu Khalifa was shot dead by the Israeli army who were protecting the Jewish  rituals at the tomb of Joseph. NASSER ISHTAYEH/SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said that Mahdi Hashash, 15, was killed by shrapnel, but Fatah said in a statement that he was killed by Israeli gunfire. 

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group affiliated with Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction, claimed that Hashash was a member. The IDF did not confirm the death but said that the explosive device had indeed detonated. 

The official Palestinian news agency cited the head of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society as saying that three people were in hospital after being hit with rubber bullets, and that 57 had inhaled tear gas. 

Although the Israeli military operates there, Area A of the West Bank, where Joseph’s Tomb is located, is officially under total PA sovereignty. Israeli civilians are not permitted to enter Area A without prior permission, The IDF said. 

Some consider Joseph’s Tomb to be the true resting site of the biblical Joseph.
The IDF enters Nablus in advance to safeguard the region for the entrance of the hardline pilgrims.

Orthodox Israelis visit Joseph’s Tomb once every month, if not more frequently. These visits nearly invariably result in violent conflicts with Palestinian villagers. 

Israeli army forces prevent Jewish settlers from storming the city under PA’s control in Nablus, Palestine, on October 4, 2022. This part of West Bank experience frequent conflicts between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighter. NASSER ISHTAYEH/SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES 

The Israeli delegation included members of Knesset Idit Silman, Amichai Chikli, Boaz Bismuth and Nissim Vatouri (Likud); Yoni Mashriki (Shas); Almog Cohen and Limor Son Har-Melech (Otzma Yehudit); and Ohad Tal (Religious Zionism). 

The IDF, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Border Police conducted counter-terror activities in several locations in Judea and Samaria Tuesday night, arresting 11 suspects in all and seizing several illegal weapons. 

Two of the terror suspects were apprehended in Nabi Saleh, 12.5 miles northwest of Ramallah, amid a riot instigated by local residents who hurled rocks and stone blocks at the security personnel, who in turn opened fire in accordance with standard operating procedures, the IDF said in a statement. 

No Israeli casualties were reported.

Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate.

(Additional reporting provided by JNS Reporter)

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