| GEO World|
| Hamas declares 'day of wrath' against Israel|
| Updated at: 0245 PST, Friday, January 02, 2009|
GAZA CITY: Hamas called on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem to mark a "day of wrath" on Friday by demonstrating against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.
The Islamist movement called on its website for "massive marches" following the weekly Muslim prayers, starting off from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and from "all the mosques in the West Bank."
"Let Friday be a day of solidarity with our people in Gaza and a day of wrath against the Zionist occupation and its settlers," said Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since ousting forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in June last year.
Israeli police deployed reinforcements ahead of the protests. "We have mobilised thousands of forces to patrol east Jerusalem and neighbouring villages to maintain calm," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told media.
The army will also lock down the West Bank on Friday and Saturday, a military spokesman said. Movement in and out of the territory will be prohibited except for emergencies and special cases, he said.