Angry West Bank Palestinians Urge Hamas to Bomb Israel
Thousands of angry Palestinians have rallied across the West Bank urging Hamas militants to "bomb Tel Aviv" as Israel pursued its air campaign on the Gaza Strip.
More than 1 000 protesters gathered Friday in West Bank's Ramallah, shouting slogans of support for Gaza's Hamas rulers, and waving the Islamist movement's green flag, international media reported.
"Hamas, bomb Tel Aviv!" they chanted a day after a rocket from Gaza struck the sea just offshore from the sprawling coastal city.
Meanwhile, a loud blast did rock Tel Aviv Friday afternoon as sirens wailed to warn of an incoming rocket for the second day running.
Police said sirens had sounded but could not immediately confirm that anything had hit the Tel Aviv area.
Protesters also held up huge pictures of top Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari, whose death in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Wednesday sparked the latest bloody escalation.
Similar scenes took place in the northern city of Nablus, where more than 3 000 people called on Hamas militants to "Bomb Tel Aviv".
In annexed East Jerusalem, another 200 protesters gathered at the Damascus Gate into the Old City, with police arresting five for "disturbing public order."
Since Wednesday's strike, Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks on targets in Gaza. On Friday morning, two more Palestinians, including a child, were killed. That raised the overall toll to 20, with more than 240 injured, medics said.
In the same period, militants have fired around 300 rockets over the border, killing three Israelis.
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