Israeli security forces on Friday prepared for what might be a highly tense day following the reported killing of two Palestinians, allegedly by IDF fire, during violent riots in Gaza and the West Bank.










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The IDF went on high alert on Friday ahead of possible riots in the West Bank and Gaza, after Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage.”

Israeli security officials expect tensions to rise following Thursday’s reported killing of two Palestinians, allegedly by IDF fire, during violent riots. In addition, the ongoing manhunt for the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach in Havat Gilad on Tuesday has caused an exceptionally large presence of Israeli forces in the area – a situation that could trigger violent clashes.

Palestinian media sources reported on Thursday that two Palestinians had been killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza.

One of the Palestinians, aged 16, was reportedly shot near the Palestinian village of Burin in the Nablus area; the other was reportedly killed during violent riots at the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. A third Palestinian is reportedly in critical condition.

Earlier on Thursday, the IDF arrested three Palestinian sisters at a Hebron checkpoint after a kitchen knife was found on one of them.