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Palestinians Set Fire to Joseph's Tomb Ahead of 'Day of Rage'

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    A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister that was fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. In the current wave of violence, eight Israelis have been killed in stabbing and shooting attacks, as of Thursday. Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed, including 14 identified by Israel as attackers, and the others in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops.

    Hundreds of Palestinians entered the Joseph's Tomb compound in the West Bank town of Nablus late Thursday and set it on fire, severely damaging the Jewish holy site, NBC News reported.

    Israel condemned the attack, which comes amid calls for another "day of rage" in the region where at least 40 people have been killed over the past two weeks. 

    On Friday, an Israeli soldier was stabbed and wounded by an attacker disguised as a news photographer. The assailant was shot and killed, according to the Israel Defense Forces. 

    Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad called for a "day of rage" in the region Friday following afternoon prayers in the mosques. Demonstrations were also planned at West Bank points of friction, including Rachel's Tomb, the Kalandiya checkpoint, and the Judea and Samaria intersection near Ramallah. Hamas also called for protests in Hebron, Tulkarm, and Nablus.