Soldier wounded by gunfire near Joseph's Tomb

Soldier in moderate condition after being shot while escorting worshippers to Joseph's Tomb in Shechem.

Kobi Finkler ,

Joseph's Tomb
Joseph's Tomb

A large group of Jewish visitors made their way to Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem overnight in an authorized entry into the Palestinian Authority-controlled city.

Sixteen buses carrying worshippers were escorted by an IDF detachment which secured the visit, along with Israeli police and Border Police.

During the course of the visit, terrorists attacked the convoy, hurling stones, flaming tires, and Molotov Cocktails. Security forces dispersed the attackers with riot-control equipment.

Despite the attacks, the mass-prayer at the site was held as planned. No injuries were reported among the worshippers.

One IDF soldier, however, was wounded by gunfire near the entrance to Balata on the southern edge of Shechem while securing the area surrounding Joseph’s Tomb.

The soldier is moderate but stable condition and has been transported to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment.

The IDF is currently investigating the incident.