Palestinian groups in the West Bank have called for a "day of rage" on Friday after three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces overnight Tuesday – two of them shot after throwing explosive devices at soldiers guarding a holy site in Nablus, and the third, suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting attack this week, shot north of Ramallah.
In an announcement on Wednesday, Fatah and other Palestinian factions called for a period of mourning to be declared throughout the West Bank and for crowds to go to points of friction with Israeli soldiers and settlers. West Bank residents were urged to protest at the Beit El checkpoint on Wednesday, while a demonstration at Ramallah's Al-Manara is planned on Thursday.
Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh also said Wednesday that Gaza is preparing for hundreds of thousands to march on the one-year anniversary of the border protests on March 30.
Meanwhile, thousands participated Wednesday in the Nablus funeral for the two young men killed near Joseph's Tomb, 21-year-old Ra'id Hamdan and 20-year-old Ziyad Nuri, while a general strike was declared in Salfit throughout the day.
Universities in the West Bank ended classes at 10 A.M. and student groups called for protests against Israeli crimes.
The declaration of a day of rage is not an unusual step in the West Bank, but the question is whether anger over the killings will take the form of further protests in the coming days, especially on Friday, and to what extent the Palestinian Authority and its security forces will allow young people to reach points of friction.
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