Israeli Soldier Wounded While Guarding Worshipers Praying at West Bank Tomb

The soldier, who was shot from a nearby refugee camp, is in stable condition.

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Soldiers and an ultra-Orthodox man praying at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus last year.
A file photo shows soldiers and an ultra-Orthodox man praying at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. Credit: Nir Kafri

An Israeli soldier was wounded while guarding worshipers overnight on Thursday in the West Bank city of Nablus, according to the army.

The soldier was wounded when he was shot from the direction of the Balata refugee camp while he was guarding the area nearby Joseph's Tomb, where Jewish worshipers conducted a prayer service.

The soldier's condition is stable, the army said, adding that the circumstances of the incident are being examined.

According to the Israeli army, worshipers onboard 16 buses made their way to Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city, escorted by security forces. Clashes erupted during the event, but the prayer service carried on as usual.

The tomb, identified as the resting place of the Biblical Joseph, sits on the slope of Mount Gerizim in Nablus, not far from the Balata refugee camp.

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