French police are still searching for the killer of Zuheir Mohsen, the head of the Military Department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and leader of the pro-Syrian Saiqa guerrilla group, who was assassinated in Cannes in the South of French last week.
French police are still searching for the killer of Zuheir Mohsen, the head of the Military Department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and leader of the pro-Syrian Saiqa guerrilla group, who was assassinated in Cannes in the South of French last week. Mr. Mohsen's body was flown from Paris to Damascus for Burial on Saturday(28 July).
SYNOPSIS: In Beirut on the same day PLO leader Yasser Arafat received condolences from political and diplomatic representatives, including former Lebanese Prime Minister Abdallah Yafi. The Hungarian Charge d'Affaires in Lebanon was also among those who came to pay their respects.
On Sunday (29 July) Mr. Mohsen's funeral took place in Damascus. Thousands of Palestinians and Syrians arrived to await the procession and a Syrian Air Force helicopter hovered over the route. The mourners were headed by Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, Yasser Arafat and Mr. Mohsen's widow and brothers.
The guerrilla leader was given an emotional farewell. Young commandos and members of Syria's ruling Baath party marched ahead of the flower-decked hearse and police outriders flanked the funeral procession. Some of the mourners chanted their sorrow, while others carried placards declaring "Death to the murderers", "We shall sacrifice out blood for you, Palestine" and "Down with the treaty of treason". Other placards condemned President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, calling him an "agent of imperialism and Zionism".
Prayers were offered for Mr. Mohsen at the Suleimaniya mosque, but there was no traditional firing during the procession -- commandoes simply raised their hands in salute -- and some of them wept openly. At the martyr's Cemetery mr. Mohsen's body, draped with the Palestinian flag, was borne aloft in a final tribute before burial.