|[ 06/10/2011 - 08:28 AM ]|
NABLUS, (PIC)-- Hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed the Nabi Yusuf shrine east of Nablus city at dawn Thursday under Israeli army protection.
Eyewitnesses said that PA security forces withdrew from the area shortly before arrival of the heavily escorted settlers who offered religious rituals.
They noted that the Israeli occupation forces entered the shrine area amidst intensive firing to pave the way for the arrival of the settlers.
The witnesses said that the IOF soldiers threw gas canisters and sonic bombs at the citizens, who protested the visit, and some of those fell inside Palestinian homes, adding that tens of the civilians were treated for breathing difficulty.
Settlers routinely storm the shrine which was an Islamic mosque then turned into a shrine by the Israeli occupation after the 1967 war.