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Arafat Blocks Probe of U.S. Gaza Deaths – U.S. Official

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is blocking an investigation to find the killers of three American security guards attacked in the Gaza Strip last year, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The United States has persistently complained the Palestinians have failed to investigate fully the bombing of a U.S. diplomatic convoy but officials had not directly blamed Arafat for the handling of the probe before. “There has been no satisfactory resolution of this case. We can only conclude that there has been a political decision taken by the chairman (Arafat) to block further progress in this investigation,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield told lawmakers.Full Story

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