World Bulletin / News Desk
Clashes broke out in the early hours of Tuesday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops after the latter allowed hundreds of Jewish settlers to perform Talmudic rituals at the flashpoint site of Joseph's Tomb in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli troops guarded the settlers as they forced their way into the site late Monday night and performed Talmudic prayers till dawn, eyewitnesses told.
The intrusion prompted clashes between Israeli troops and dozens of angered Palestinian youth near the site in the West Bank's city of Nablus, according to eyewitnesses.
Israeli forces had fired live ammunition and teargas to disperse protesters, who, in turn, hurled stones and empty bottles at the troops.
Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment.
Jews believe the site – a traditional flashpoint for violence – is the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph.
Muslims, however, challenge the claim, saying the tomb is the final resting place of a Muslim cleric – Sheikh Yussef Dawiqat – who died two centuries ago.