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"At least 14 buses carrying about 700 Jewish settlers forced their way into the site, where they performed Talmudic rituals," Ahmed Shamekh, an official at the nearby Balata refugee camp, told Anadolu Agency.
The settlers, he said, were supported by scores of Israeli soldiers and military vehicles.
According to Shamekh, dozens of Palestinian youths had gathered at the site to protest the settlers’ arrival, but were dispersed by Israeli soldiers firing teargas, rubber bullets and heavy ammunition.
One Palestinian protester was injured in the leg by a rubber bullet, while dozens of others suffered teargas inhalation, according to local medical sources.
The site, which Jews refer to as "Joseph's Tomb", has long been a flashpoint for violence.
Jews believe the site to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph. Muslims, however, challenge this assertion, saying an Islamic cleric -- Sheikh Yussef Dawiqat -- was buried at the site two centuries ago.
In a related development, the Israeli army detained dozens of Palestinians across the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a Palestinian NGO reported Thursday.
"The Israeli army detained 12 Palestinians after raiding their homes in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Al-Khahil [Hebron] and Salfit," the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.
"Another 11 Palestinians were detained after Israeli forces stormed East Jerusalem's Shufat refugee camp," the NGO added.
The Israeli army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in the occupied territories that ostensibly target Palestinians who are "wanted" by the Israeli occupation authorities.
Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons throughout the Jewish state, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs.
Holt, a 26-year-old Mormon missionary from Utah, had traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Thamara, whom he had met on the internet.
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The latest conciliatory declarations capped a turbulent few days of diplomatic brinkmanship on the Korean Peninsula that had sent tensions soaring.
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Trump, in a tweet, did not identify Holt by name but Utah Senator Orrin Hatch confirmed that the Utah resident had been freed.
Platini was banned from all football-related activities, later reduced on appeal to four years, by FIFA following a $2 million payment he received from the body in 2011 for work he did a decade earlier, with no contract to show for the deal.
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