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Palestinians in the occupied West Bank rallied on 10 February for a mourning march in remembrance of three Palestinians who were recently killed by Israeli forces in Nablus.
The protesters also condemned the Palestinian Authority (PA) for cooperating with the Israeli occupation in security matters.
“We will not stay silent and we call on our people in the West Bank to continue resisting the occupation in all forms in response to this crime,” Ismail Radwan, a spokesman for the Hamas resistance movement, told Al Jazeera.
The Hamas official went on to add: “We tell the Palestinian Authority this incident is one of the fruits of the policy of security coordination and meeting with the leaders of the occupation … It is time to review this policy, which only serves the Israeli occupation.”
The march came just two days after occupation soldiers in a civilian vehicle opened fire on a car in the Al-Makhfieh neighborhood of Nablus, killing three Palestinians identified as Ashraf Mubaslat, Adham Mabrouka, and Muhammad Dakhil.
“Three citizens were martyred as a result of direct shooting by Israeli forces in the city of Nablus,” the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement on 8 February.
In response to the killings, Tel Aviv officials said the three victims were “militants” who were responsible for recent shooting attacks. They also alleged that the three were killed in an exchange of fire, although no Israelis were killed or injured.
Over the past few years, discontent against the PA has been brewing across the occupied territories, with many accusing Fatah leaders of collaborating with the Israeli occupation in working against the Palestinian cause.
Most recently, PA chief Mahmoud Abbas said that if the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict weakens, Palestinians will have several options to choose from, including a one-state solution.
“There are proposals we can work on, including abandoning a two-state solution and emphasizing the establishment of an independent state with equal rights for all Palestinians, as well as Resolution 1947, which states that 44 percent of the historic land of Palestine belongs to Palestinians,” Abbas said on 7 February.