Two Israelis wounded by gunfire after illegally entering Nablus

Members of a Hassidic sect heading to pray at the Joseph's Tomb without the knowledge or coordination with the IDF, were left with light and moderate wounds; the holy site vandalized by Palestinians for 2nd day in a row

Elisha Ben Kimon, Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun|
The military said on Monday that two ultra-Orthodox Israeli men were wounded by Palestinian gunfire as they entered Nablus in order to pray at the West Bank shrine.
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  • The pair were part of convoy of cars carrying members of the a Hassidic sect en route to Joseph's Tomb, having not coordinated the arrival with the Israeli military and just one day after Palestinian rioters vandalized the holy site set it on fire.
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     Wounded man receives medical attention from IDF medic after being shot in Nablus on Monday
     Wounded man receives medical attention from IDF medic after being shot in Nablus on Monday
    Wounded man receives medical attention from IDF medic after being shot in Nablus on Monday
    Upon entering Nablus, shots were fired in the direction of the convoy and the group sought the help of troops at a checkpoint nearby. The wounded men were provided initial medical treatment and evacuated to hospital. Medical officials said one of the men sustained light wounds, and the other moderate.
    In their rush to escape, one of the cars in the convoy ran over a Palestinian who was not involved in the shooting. He, too, was hurt and evacuated by the soldiers to hospital.
    At the same time, Palestinian youths vandalized the compound for the second straight day.
    After the shrine was vandalized on Sunday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said it would be rebuilt and the perpetrators of the crime, apprehended.
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    Joseph's Tomb shrine after it was vandalized by Palestinian youth
    The Palestinian governor of Nablus said hours before the shooting incident that the PA would repair the damage caused to the compound believed in Jewish tradition to be the final resting place of Joseph, one of Judaism's biblical fathers.
    "Joseph's Tomb is a sacred site for Jews and it is our responsibility as the Palestinian Authority, to renovate it as quickly as possible, after Palestinians destroyed part of it," Governor Ibrahim Ramadan said.
    "We will not allow any external body to be involved in the renovation. Nablus is a friendly environment for all three major faiths under the banner of peace and tolerance," he said.
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