Jerusalem A spike in Mideast violence Sunday dampened prospects for a new peace effort, as a Palestinian teen died in a clash with Israeli soldiers and Israeli helicopters blasted buildings in Gaza after an Israeli soldier was killed.
The violence came a day before Asst. Secretary of State William Burns and new envoy Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine Corps general, were to begin their peace mission here.
The mediators arriving today were to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was on a trip to Arab countries and was not expected back until Wednesday. Sunday in Cairo, Egypt, he charged Israel with "continuous aggression."