Nablus - Hundreds of Israelis entered the northern West Bank village of Awarta overnight Tuesday escorted by Israeli soldiers.
Head of Awarta village council Sami Awwad told Ma'an several buses of Israelis and a large force of soldiers arrived in the village at around 11 p.m. and stayed until 5 a.m.
An Israeli military spokesman said around 400 Israeli worshipers accompanied by soldiers visited Awarta overnight in a tour coordinated with Israel's Civil Administration.
They visited two sites Jews believe to be the tombs of biblical figures Eleazar and Itamar, the army official said.
The Muslim shrines of the Seventy Sheikhs, Uzayr and the Mufadel are located in Awarta.
source: Maan News Agency