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Posted: Jan 5 2007, 02:26 PM
Member No.: 331
Joined: 20-October 06
CBS/AP) Thousands of Palestinians carried bodies draped in yellow flags through pouring rain Friday in a funeral procession for seven Fatah men killed in an assault by Hamas gunmen, and Fatah said it was suspending talks with the rival group until the assailants were brought to justice.
Assailants outside a Gaza mosque gunned down a Muslim preacher known for his anti-Hamas views moments after he delivered a sermon warning that God would punish those responsible for the seven killings.
The unrest is part of a power struggle that has raised fears of a Palestinian civil war, reports CBS News correspondent Robert Berger.
Meanwhile, the Bush administration is providing $86 million to beef up security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reports Berger. According to official U.S. documents, the money is aimed at helping Abbas fight terrorism. Hamas officials accused the U.S. of helping Abbas launch a "coup" against the Hamas-led government.