Palestinian Hurls Explosives at Israeli Troops Protecting Jewish Worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men walk past Israeli soldiers as they stand guard next to the tombs of Biblical figures Calev Ben Yefuneh ,Nun , Father of Yehoshua Bin Nun, also know as Joshua, in the West Bank village of Kifl Hareth, near Nablus, late Thursday, April 8, 2010. Thousands of Jewish …
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The Times of Israel reports: A Palestinian hurled explosives at Israeli soldiers protecting a crowd of Jewish worshipers in the West Bank city of Nablus overnight Wednesday-Thursday, causing no injuries or damage, the army said.

A thousand Jewish worshipers flocked in the early hours of Thursday to Joseph’s Tomb for Passover prayers under military escort. In a statement, the military said that before the worshipers entered the site, observations indicated “suspicious activity” in addition to the explosives that were hurled. Soldiers arrested three suspects and found weapons, including rifle magazines, bullets and a knife on a nearby roof.

The worshipers, who included the head of the Shomron Regional Council Yossi Dagan, prayed, sang and danced at Joseph’s Tomb, believed to be the burial site of the biblical figure.

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