Shots were fired overnight at security personnel protecting Israeli civilians who were praying at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.

The shots were fired during a large and violent riot in which Palestinians also threw rocks at security forces who responded with riot dispersal means. The IDF (Zahal) identified the suspected shooter and fired towards him in self defense. The suspect was moderately wounded and after receiving treatment by an IDF (Zahal) military doctor, he was transferred to a nearby Israeli hospital for further care.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: “The IDF (Zahal) ensures freedom of religion and worship throughout the region. Last night’s incident emphasized the challenges we have and the potential jeopardizing of religious beliefs. The IDF (Zahal) will continue to facilitate the religious needs of the various populations in the region.”

Regional Brigade Commander Col. Yossi Pinto said this week: terrorist infrastructure and planning in Judea and Samaria is on the rise.