Israeli forces escort hundreds of worshipers to Nablus tomb
Published Thursday 03/04/2014 (updated) 03/04/2014 11:35
A general view of Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank City of Nablus.
(MaanImages/Rami Swidan, File)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis visited a Nablus tomb under armed guard early Thursday, Palestinian security officials said.
Over 15 buses escorted by Israeli military vehicles arrived at Joseph's Tomb overnight, with worshipers performing prayers until daybreak.
Local youths threw stones at the buses, with no reports of clashes or injuries.
Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, the site was to remain under Israeli control. But the Israeli army evacuated the premises in October 2000 shortly after the start of the second intifada, or uprising, and it was immediately destroyed and burnt by locals.
The restoration of the tomb was completed recently, and following improved security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, the army allows Jewish worshipers to make monthly nocturnal pilgrimages to the site.