Israeli security forces have used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse a group of Arab demonstrators, about a thousand of them, were protesting against the weekend (15 December) killing in Cyprus of two Palestine Liberation Organisation Officials.
GV: Scouts with banners and pictures of Yasser Arafat parading through street
SV: Band playing PAN TO crowd watching
SV: Wreath and poster of dead man on jeep (2 shots)
SV PAN: Coffin being carried into building
GV: Funeral procession thorough streets
SV: Demonstrators with placards and flags. (4 shots)
SV: Demonstrators with Arafat poster and banners marching through street. (3 shots)
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Background: Israeli security forces have used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse a group of Arab demonstrators, about a thousand of them, were protesting against the weekend (15 December) killing in Cyprus of two Palestine Liberation Organisation Officials. One of the PLO men was well known for co-ordinating the organisation's work on the West Bank.
SYNOPSIS: The shooting also sparked demonstrations in Lebanon and Cyprus. In Beirut P.L.O. leader Yasser Arafat delivered a eulogy which blamed the killings on Israel. Ibrahim Abdul Aziz and Ali Salem Ahmed were gunned down in Nicosia on Saturday. Aziz was acknowledged as the head of guerrilla operations o the West Bank while Ahmed was second secretary at the PLO's Nicosia mission. The shooting occurred outside Ahmed's apartment and pistols fitted with silencers are thought to have been used. Police manning a roadblock just a hundred yards from the scene heard nothing.
Ahmed was buried in the martyrs cemetery in a suburb of Beirut. Hundreds of people took part in the funeral procession. Aziz body was flown to Jordan for burial.
In Nicosia an anti-Israeli demonstration followed the killings. The protestors attempted to march on the Israeli Embassy but were stopped by police. Cyprus authorities are looking for men in connection with the shootings. One is thought to be a resident of Britain, the other lives in Beirut.