Saturday, Jan 3, 2008
Israeli warplanes pounded militant targets including a mosque in Gaza on Friday as Hamas ordered a “day of wrath” against Israel over the killing of a senior commander.
Thousands of Israeli security personnel were on alert after Hamas called for “massive marches” following the main weekly Muslim prayers, starting off from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and from all mosques in the West Bank.
“We have mobilised thousands of people for the sector of east Jerusalem and neighbouring villages in order to maintain calm on Friday,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
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The army also locked down the West Bank for 48 hours, with movement in and out of the territory prohibited except for emergencies and special cases.
Hamas called a “day of wrath” after an Israeli air strike killed Nizar Rayan, a firebrand hardliner, and several of his wives and children. At least 420 Palestinians have now been killed in Israel’s seven-day-old blitz.