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20,000 attend funeral for slain Nablus Fatah men

Dec. 26, 2009 3:03 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2009 10:30 P.M.)
Nablus - Ma’an - At least 20,000 Palestinians came out for the afternoon funeral processions of the three Nablus men assassinated by undercover Israeli forces during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, his minister of the interior, security forces chiefs, and several other Palestinian leaders traveled to Nablus to attend the wake.

The group began to gather outside the Rafediyah Hospital in the west end of Nablus' city center, where the bodies of the three men, Raed Sakarji, 38, Anan Subih, 33, and Ghassan Abu Sharkh, 40, were transferred when Israeli forces withdrew from the city.

Mourners denounced "the execution" of the men in or beside their own homes as a crime, and many were calling on the Palestinian Authority to change its policy toward Israel based on the gruesome incident.

Mahmoud Al-A’lul, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, also attended the march, where he praised those who were killed in Nablus along with three others slain in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza the same morning, saying, “The killing of three in Gaza is a clear message that Palestinian national unity is the response to Israeli crimes.”

Israeli officials released statements to the media saying the men assassinated on Saturday were responsible for the shooting death of a settler on Thursday. The men were reportedly shot moments after they were detained by the soldiers.

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