Over 1,500 people visited Kever Yosef Wednesday night, gathering to say Selichos at the holy site. The visited was coordinated with the IDF, and dozens of soldiers were on duty to provide security. Arabs rioted at the periphery of the site and threw a firebomb at soldiers. No one was injured in the incidents. Kever Yosef is located inside Shechem, in Area A, under Palestinian Authority control, and can only be accessed in coordination with the IDF, even though the Oslo Accords allow for Jewish access to the site at all times.
The IDF and Shin Bet overnight Wednesday distributed orders to halt construction in Beit Suriq, where Mahmoud Ahmad Gamal, the terrorist who murdered three Israelis at a checkpoint in the town of Har Adar on Tuesday, lived. The security officials also canceled more work permits for residents of the village and for members of the extended family of Gamal. The Har Adar checkpoint is now closed to Palestinians and will remain so through the end of Sukkos, officials said. Earlier Wednesday, security forces mapped out the site of the Gamal family home, which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said will be demolished at the first opportunity.
Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested four wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.