JERUSALEM -- With the United States pushing to quell violence ahead of any peace talks, Palestinians buried one of its latest victims Saturday -- an 18-year-old woman killed in cross fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen.
About 1,000 people gathered in Hebron for the funeral of Arij Jabili, shot in the heart Friday when bullets pierced the walls of her home near the Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai in the West Bank.
"We will avenge the blood of our martyrs," the crowd chanted. "Revenge, revenge."
Gunmen fired in the air around the woman's corpse, which was covered by the Palestinian flag and that of militant group Hamas.
Another funeral was under way in Gaza for a Palestinian man shot dead when he scaled a fence close to an army post late Friday. The army said he was shouting an Islamic religious slogan, indicating he was planning an attack.
The man's family said he was mentally handicapped. Others with mental disabilities joined his 500-strong funeral procession.
More than three months of bloodshed has claimed the lives of 358 people, most of them Palestinians.
CIA chief George Tenet was to head to the region Saturday as part of the U.S. drive to contain the fighting and prepare for a final round of peace talks in President Clinton's term.
Israel has said it would resume negotiations only if Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat tried to reduce violence. Tenet is to meet Sunday in Cairo with senior Israeli and Palestinian security officials.
Both sides have expressed strong doubt a peace deal can be closed in the two weeks Clinton has left in office.
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