PA police push back protesters at Joseph’s Tomb

Crowd reportedly tries to set the Jewish shrine on fire after rumors spread of Palestinian teen’s death

Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. (
Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. (

Palestinian security forces managed to push back protesters who were advancing on the Joseph’s Tomb shrine late Saturday.

According to Hebrew media reports, the protesters tried to set the site on fire.

The demonstration began Saturday night after the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that a wounded Palestinian teen, said to have been hurt by IDF fire on Thursday after allegedly trying to throw a firebomb at Jews praying at the site, had taken a turn for the worse in hospital.

After rumors spread through the city that Jamal Dawiqat, 20, of the nearby Balata Refugee Camp, had died, protesters took to the streets, setting tires on fire and clashing with PA police.

Palestinian forces surrounded the shrine and fired tear gas at the crowd, which soon dispersed.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the clashes.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reportedly denied the rumors of Dawiqat’s death.

Earlier Saturday, shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle near Migdalim Junction in the northern West Bank.

The shots reportedly came from cement trucks parked on the side of the road.

No one was hurt in the attack.

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