Wailing crowd marched in front of the Egyptian embassy in Beirut today as the news of President Nasser's death sunk in throughout the Arab world.
GV Large crowd marching in street Nasser
SV Crowd with pictures of Nasser (2 shots)
SV Crowd with banners and pictures
GTV PAN Massed crowd chanting
BV Crowd towards Embassy
GV Massed crowd outside Embassy
LV ZOOM OUT FROM Embassy sign to crowd
SV People holding pictures of Nasser
GV PAN Massed crowd
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Background: Wailing crowd marched in front of the Egyptian embassy in Beirut today as the news of President Nasser's death sunk in throughout the Arab world.
Beirut was shut down completely as all shops and businesses closed in mourning for President Nasser.
Almost the entire population of the city's Moslem quarter poured into the streets. Men, women and children weeping openly marched in demonstrations of grief. Others burned tyres on streets and black smoke rose like funeral pyres above the city. Thousands of shots were fired into the air as many Lebanese expressed their grief in the traditional Arab manner.
Messages of grief and respect are flooding into Cairo from all over the world and the funeral procession on Thursday will bring together many of the world's prominent statesmen, including Mr. Suleiman Franjeih, the new President of Lebanon.