- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2011

NABLUS, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli military on Monday said soldiers forcibly removed dozens of Jewish worshippers who refused to leave a holy site inside a Palestinian city in the West Bank.

An estimated 1,600 worshippers entered the city of Nablus early Monday for nighttime prayers at a site believed to be the tomb of the biblical Joseph. The visit was coordinated with the military and Palestinian security forces.

The military said about an additional 200 Israelis went in without permission, and 50 refused to leave the tomb building early Monday. The military said soldiers removed them, arresting three.

The military criticized the Israelis for endangering themselves and the troops guarding the prayers. A Jewish worshipper at the tomb without permission was killed by a Palestinian policeman on April 24.

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