According to the Israeli military, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Jewish worshipers on June 30. The incident happened at a flashpoint holy site in the occupied West Bank. thus injuring an Israeli military officer and two civilians.
According to the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, a Palestinian teenager was shot with live ammunition. Further, there were 16 others who were hit with rubber bullets during clashes with Israeli forces near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Its’ a frequent point of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Clashes with the military near the shrine
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Some Jews believe it is the tomb of the biblical Joseph, while Palestinians believe it is the tomb of a sheikh. Jewish worshipers escorted by Israeli military personnel frequently visit the shrine to pray.
Palestinian gunmen opened fire on hundreds of Jewish worshipers who had gathered at the site overnight on Thursday, according to the Israeli military. According to the Army, the commanding officer of the unit suffered minor injuries, and two civilians were injured.
According to Wafa, a Palestinian teen was killed and at least 15 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the military near the shrine last month. In April, Palestinians set fire to the shrine before being dispersed by Palestinian security forces. It prompted Israeli leaders to condemn the incident.
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The army said on Wednesday night that it had arrested 12 people in separate operations across the West Bank. Hence, the latest raids in a crackdown prompted by escalating violence. Since late March, nineteen people, mostly Israeli civilians, have been killed. Primarily in attacks by Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. Israeli forces have responded with almost daily raids in the West Bank.
The clash on Thursday was the latest in a series of brutal attacks inside Israel. The other attacks were Israeli arrest raids across the West Bank, and the assassination of a Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter.
The West Bank was captured by Israel during the 1967 Mideast war, and Palestinians see it as the heartland of a future state. Almost 500,000 Israeli settlers live in over 130 settlements scattered across the West Bank, alongside nearly three million Palestinians subject to Israeli military rule.