Israeli occupation forces have stormed the Palestinian city of Nablus early on Monday as part of a campaign to secure the entry of 1,100 illegal settlers into the Tomb of Joseph in the city, amid clashes during which a number of Palestinian youths, including a photographer, were injured.
According to Palestinian sources, amongst the intruders were Israeli Economy Minister Elie Cohen, Samaria Settlement Council Chairman Yossi Dagan and Knesset member Moshe Erbil.
The vicinity of the Tomb of the Prophet Joseph, east of Nablus, has witnessed violent clashes after the occupying forces stormed the city from several areas, securing the way for hundreds of settlers to enter the area of the tomb under heavy military guard.
During the clashes, five Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets, while dozens of citizens were suffocated after Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters.
The city of Nablus is located in the West Bank, and as such is recognized internationally as part of the State of Palestine