Tens of thousands of people took part in the funeral procession for the assassinated Palestine commando leaders in Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday (April 12).
Tens of thousands of people took part in the funeral procession for the assassinated Palestine commando leaders in Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday (April 12). The commandos, killed in Israeli raids on Lebanon on Tuesday (April 10), were given heroes 'burials in the Palestinian Martyrs' Cemetery on the outskirts of the city.
Similarly large crowds paraded through other Arab capitals in massive demonstrations of solidarity for the deed commandos, calling for vengeance and a holy war with Israel. In Lebanon, it was the biggest popular demonstration in the capital for several years, matching the public grief displayed on the death of Egyptian President Gamal-Abdel Nasser in 1970.
Palestine resistance forces and Lebanese forces were meanwhile reported to have arrested a number of Israeli agents in Beirut, whose activities had been linked with Tuesday's strike by the Israeli assassination squads. Altogether, about twenty people died in the two simultaneous raids, Five coffins were carried in the main procession through Beirut on ??? Thursday -- containing the bodies of the three commando leaders, the wife of one, and the body of another dead Palestinian. The other coffins were carried in a separate procession of three ambulances.
As the march took place, the Lebanon government announced it had successfully called for the immediate meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the Israeli raids. Throughout the country, meanwhile, Beirut and other towns were at a virtual standstill as a general strike was observed in homage to Tuesday's dead.
SYNOPSIS: Tens of thousands of mourners paraded through the streets of Beirut in Lebanon on Thursday in the funeral procession for the Palestinian commando leaders killed in the Israeli raids into Lebanon on Tuesday. The crowds called for vengeance and a holy war against Israel, and equally large crowds paraded through other Arab capitals in a display of solidarity over the dead men.
The commando leader, the wife of one, and about sixteen other people died in the raids on Tuesday when the Israeli assassination squads struck Lebanon. One of the raiding parties went into the heart of Beirut, the capital, to carry out its killings. As the march progressed to the Palestinian Martyrs' Cemetery on the city's outskirts, where the commandos were given heroes' burials, the Lebanese Government announced that it had called for a United Nations Security Council debate on the affair. The debate began later the same day.
The main procession escorted five of the coffins -- including the three dead commando leaders -- while the rest of the coffins were carried in three ambulances in another parade.