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The BBC's Peter Biles reports
"Palestinian anger is more intense than ever"
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Marwan Kanafani, Senior Advisor to Yasser Arafat
"It was a premeditated crime against the Palestinian people"
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Israeli army spokesman Lt.Colonel Olivier Rafowicz
"We are now in a combat situation with the Palestinians"
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Saturday, 12 May, 2001, 22:54 GMT 23:54 UK
Palestinians vent anger at funerals
Palestinians shout for revenge
Calls for the peace process to be abandoned
Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank have attended the funerals of two men killed by missiles fired from Israeli helicopter gunships earlier in the day.

Chanting slogans of revenge and calling for peace efforts with Israel to be abandoned, the crowd marched through the town of Jenin where the attack took place.


This is terror by the Israelis, they put terror in the heart of the people

Witness
Its target - a car carrying several members of the Fatah military faction - was reduced to a burning, twisted pile of metal.

Reports suggest the Israelis' intended victim was an intelligence officer, Abdel-Karim Oweis, but he survived.

Of the two who died, one was in the car parked near the Palestinian Authority security headquarters, the other was a policeman standing nearby. At least 15 other people were treated for injuries and shock.

Palestinian policeman Ala'a Jahoudi was killed by shrapnel as he stood close to the car.

A man inside the car, identified as Mo'tassem al-Sabbah, died of severe burns. He is said to have been a senior member of the Tanzim, a militia associated with Fatah.

Palestinian protesters
Friday's West Bank protests left several injured
After the incident, the Palestinians condemned what they called Israel's "policy of assassination" directed against prominent security officials.

Israeli military sources had said on Friday that Fatah, Tanzim and Force-17, Mr Arafat's presidential guard, were all now considered enemies.

Earlier on Saturday, Palestinians had buried 16-year-old Hassan Tafish, who was shot dead on Friday while throwing stones at Israeli troops at the Karni crossing between Gaza and Israel.

And Israeli forces used tanks and heavy machine guns against Palestinian gunmen in a cemetery opposite the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim. One settler had earlier been injured in a mortar attack.

Friday saw an escalation of the violence between the two sides, with Israeli forces bulldozing a police station and five homes in the Gaza Strip, and shelling the village of Beit Laha.

Two Polish tourists were injured by a pipe bomb at one of the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City. Israeli police say more such attacks are possible in the city.

Israel says its incursions into Palestinian areas will continue as long as Israeli citizens face the danger of attack from Palestinian militants.

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