Rioters torch holy site of Joseph's tomb
Palestinian rioters torched a Jewish holy site revered as the tomb of the biblical Joseph in the West Bank yesterday, during another "day of rage" in Israel in which two were killed and at least 27 others injured.
Flames flared high in the sky at the holy site on the outskirts of Nablus as hundreds of Palestinian youths hurled Molotov cocktails and fire bombs.
Palestinian firefighters later extinguished the fire but the site was badly damaged.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, heavily criticised the act, terming it "irresponsible" and promised to form a committee of inquiry.
The compound is believed to be the burial place of Joseph, the son of Jacob, whose sale into slavery and subsequent rise to prominence in Ancient Egypt is recounted in the Book of Genesis.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank, an Israeli soldier was stabbed by a perpetrator disguised as a journalist. The soldier was wounded and the attacker was shot dead. In Gaza, Palestinians clashed with the Israeli Defence Forces. A 27-year-old Palestinian was killed, and more than 27 others were injured.