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Factions declare day of mourning after Hebron killings

Nov. 27, 2013 10:38 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2013 2:57 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian nationalist and Islamic factions in Hebron on Wednesday declared a day of mourning for three Palestinian men who were killed Tuesday evening by Israeli forces in Yatta, south of Hebron.

A statement by the factions rejected Israel's "justifications for the ongoing crimes and military procedures against the Palestinian people."

It also called on Palestinians to "beware of Israeli media which disseminates poisonous reports in an attempt to harm Palestinian unity."

Schools and other public services in Hebron will operate as usual.

A separate statement released by the Popular Resistance Committee called on all "Mujahideen and all noble people to retaliate for this cowardly crime."

Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security forces said.

Locals identified the men killed as Mousa Muhammad Makhamrah, Mahmoud Khalid al-Najjar, and Muhammad Fuad Nayroukh.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the men were traveling in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants.

He said the men were members of a "Salafi Jihad terrorist cell" that were planning an attack in the coming days. Explosives were found in the car, he added.

In a statement, the Israeli army said they also planned to target the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli forces besieged Yatta following the killings and prohibited Palestinians from accessing the area of the shootings.

One man was detained after Israeli forces ransacked a local house.

Israeli forces have killed at least 20 people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip this year.
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