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Wednesday, 1 August, 2001, 22:42 GMT 23:42 UK
In pictures: Nablus funerals
Thousands turn out to attend the funerals of eight Palestinians, including two senior members of the Islamic militant group Hamas, killed on Tuesday by an Israeli helicopter strike on a building in Nablus.

Israel has defended the attack saying that it was aimed at Hamas activists who threatened violence, but amongst those killed were two young brothers who were playing outside the building at the time of the blast.

Nablus funerals
Thousands of mourners turned out to accompany the bodies through the streets of Nablus

Nablus funerals
The father of one of the Hamas militants killed reached through the crowds to touch his son

Nablus funerals
Hamas members dressed as suicide bombers and vowing revenge joined the mourners

Nablus funerals
Shops were closed as Palestinians declared a day of strikes to protest the killings

Nablus killing protest in Gaza City
There has been widespread anger over the helicopter strike, which left eight dead

Injured child carried by medics
Palestinian children in Nablus have been clashing with Israeli forces

Man reading newspaper article about the Nablus killings
The attack continues to dominate the Palestinian media

See also:

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Profile: Hamas activist Jamal Mansour
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In pictures: Israel hits Hamas leaders
03 Apr 01 | Middle East
Israel's 'assassination policy'
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Israeli helicopters attack Gaza police
29 Jul 01 | Media reports
Arab press angry at Jerusalem violence
29 Jul 01 | Middle East
Violence erupts at Jerusalem holy site
01 Aug 01 | Media reports
Press anger over Nablus attack
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