According to the Israeli army, Palestinian militants opened fire on Jewish worshipers at a sensitive holy site in the occupied West Bank Shrine on Thursday, injuring an Israeli military officer and two civilians.
According to the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, a Palestinian teenager was shot with live ammunition and 16 others were hit with rubber bullets during skirmishes with Israeli police near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, a frequent area of tension between Israelis and Palestinians.
Many Jews believe it is the tomb of the biblical Joseph, whereas Palestinians believe it is the grave of a Sheikh. Jewish worshipers escorted by Israeli military personnel frequently visit the shrine to pray.
According to the Israeli military, Palestinian militants opened fire on hundreds of Jewish worshipers who had gathered at the location late on Thursday. According to the army, the commanding officer of the battalion suffered minor injuries, while two civilians were injured.
According to Wafa, a Palestinian youngster was slain and at least 15 Palestinians were injured in skirmishes with the military near the shrine last month.
In April, Palestinians set fire to the site before being dispersed by Palestinian security forces, prompting Israeli leaders to denounce the act.
The battle on Thursday was the latest in a series of violent attacks within Israel, Israeli arrest raids across the West Bank, and the assassination of a Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter.
The West Bank was taken by Israel during the 1967 Mideast conflict, and Palestinians envision it as the heartland of a future state. Almost 500,000 Israeli settlers live in over 130 settlements scattered over the West Bank, alongside almost 3 million Palestinians subject to Israeli military control.