JERUSALEM - In a show of defiance to Israel and the new Palestinian government, hundreds of masked and armed Hamas fighters marched through the streets of Gaza City yesterday in a funeral procession for 12 people killed in an Israeli raid Thursday.
The funeral drew thousands of Gazans, many of them calling for retaliation or chanting slogans against the first Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, who took office Tuesday. Abbas, who is known as Abu Mazen, wants to restrain the armed uprising.
"You Abu Mazen are a collaborator of Israel and America!" some shouted.
A 13th person killed in the Israeli incursion, a 2-year-old boy who was shot in the head, was buried Thursday.
Palestinian officials and some Israeli analysts criticized the raid as timed to undermine Abbas and a new international peace plan, known as a road map, that was unveiled Wednesday.