Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat was mobbed by supporters shouting "Revolution until victory" as he left Beirut for the Athenian port of Piraeus on August 30.
SV PANS AND TOP VIEWS: BEIRUT: AUGUST 30. Syrian army convoy leaving Beirut (5 shots)
SVs Yasser Arafat, PLO leader, saying farewell to well wishers as he leaves Beirut on August 30 (2 shots)
GV/SVs Well-wishers throwing rice on Arafat's car as Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese leader of the leftist National Movement, says farewell before Arafat gets into car (3 shots)
TUNISIA: August 28
CU PULL BACK TO SV PLO girl guerillas brandishing Arafat's portrait
GVs/SV PLO fighters disembarking from ship as crowd welcomes them with cheers and applause (3 shots)
SYRIA: AUGUST 29 TARTOUS
GV/SVs Crowds giving Victory salute wait on quayside for PLO fighters' arrival on board ship (3 shots)
SV Leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Dr George Habash and others waving from ship
TGV/SVs Dr George Habash carried aloft by supporters after coming ashore at Tartous (4 shots)
AUGUST 28: BEKAA VALLEY
SV PAN/SVs AND SCUs PLO fighters setting mines in the valley (6 shots)
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Background: Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat was mobbed by supporters shouting "Revolution until victory" as he left Beirut for the Athenian port of Piraeus on August 30. Arafat's departure, on the Greek cruise liner Atlantis, coincided with the first withdrawal of Syrian troops from the Lebanese capital. Mr. Arafat was escorted to Beirut quayside by his old ally and leader of the left-wing Lebanese National Movement, Mr. Walid Jumblatt. He had an international naval escort as he sailed from Beirut, his headquarters for twelve years. After talks with Greek government leaders, Yasser Arafat is expected to attend an Arab summit, due to start on September 6 in the Moroccan city of Fez. A villa has been put at his disposal in Tunisia, one of eight Arab countries pledged to receive Palestinian fighters. The evacuation of Palestinian and Syrian troops from Beirut reached a final stage as Arafat left. PLO leader George Habash, who had sailed from Beirut earlier, received a hero's welcome on landing at the Syrian port of Tartous on August 29. Syrian troops and contingents of Palestinian fighters positioned in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley are hurriedly preparing themselves for an Israeli offensive in the region. Meanwhile, the only senior PLO official left in Beirut was Yasser Arafat's Second in Command, Salah Khalaf, popularly known as Abu Iyad, who has pledged to keep struggling until an independent Palestinian state becomes a reality.