GAZA CITY/NEW YORK (AFP) - Several Palestinians were wounded in Gaza on Saturday when gunfire and clashes erupted during a funeral attended by thousands of people for three fighters killed by an Israeli air raid. At the funeral held by the Islamic Jihad group the crowds called for revenge and fired guns in the air in a rare show of force that ignored a ban on the public display of weapons enforced by the ruling Islamist Hamas group. At least 17 people were wounded when the crowds arrived at the graveyard after several teenagers began hurling rocks at Israeli forces stationed along the border nearby, who then returned fire, according to medics and witnesses. Another three people were wounded by the ceremonial firing of guns in the air during the funeral, medics said. Take Revenge, take revenge, Sarayat al-Quds the crowds chanted, referring to Islamic Jihads armed wing. Respond, respond in Tel Aviv. We call on all Palestinian resistance factions to resume martyrdom operations inside the Zionist entity, one protest leader yelled through a megaphone, referring to suicide bombings. Earlier in the day a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel without wounding anyone, according to the Israeli military. Hamas, which has banned the bearing of weapons in public since it seized power in Gaza in June 2007, allowed the protest to proceed, while a spokesman linked the raid to US-led efforts to restart the peace process. What happened ... with the talks between (Palestinian President) Mahmud Abbas and (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu has merely beautified the ugly face of the occupation, Fawzi Barhum said. This crime makes clear the danger of any cooperation or negotiation or normalisation with the Zionist enemy, he added in a statement. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to urge Gulf Arab allies in New York Saturday to offer the right atmosphere and support for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume, a top aide said. Gulf states have said a speech that President Barack Obama gave Wednesday at the UN General Assembly offers a basis for talks despite disappointment over his administrations failure to secure an Israeli settlement freeze. She was set to meet her counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman as well as those from Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. One meeting will be with the six Gulf states alone, and the other will include all nine countries. We believe that everybody has the responsibility to create the right atmosphere not only for the negotiating process but for a successful conclusion to the negotiating process, Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman said. We hope that the Arabs would find ways to demonstrate to the Israeli public that Israel will be an accepted, normalised part of the region which actually reflects reality, Feltman said. We would hope that the Arabs will find ways to support President (Mahmud) Abbas and his team as they go into negotiations, he said, referring to the Palestinian leader. Feltman added it was important for the Arabs to continue financial and other support for the institutions needed for a future Palestinian state, the goal of the US-backed peace negotiations.