12 Palestinians Injured as Israeli Forces Settlers Storm Shrine in West Bank

Twelve Palestinians have been injured when clashes erupted with Israeli forces who paved the way for hundreds of settlers to storm a shrine on the outskirts of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.

The clashes erupted after hundreds of Israeli troops stormed the compound of Joseph's Tomb (Qabr Yusuf), east of Nablus, late on Monday.

Four Palestinians were hit by live bullets fired by the Israeli forces and were transferred to the hospital, while eight others were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets.

Many Palestinians also suffered suffocation after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli occupation forces.

In the early hours of Tuesday, tens of buses and vehicles carrying 1,300 settlers arrived in the shrine under Israeli occupation army protection.

Joseph's Tomb is situated in the West Bank's Area A, which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority; however, the Israeli occupation military allows the settlers to visit the site without approval, and even escorts them into the place.

This is while the Israeli occupation prevents Muslims from worshiping there.

Israel is planning to reoccupy the historical site.