Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) military chief Zuhair Mohsen died today (26 July) when life support systems were switched off.
CU (FILE) Assassinated PLO official Zuhair Mohsen speaking in Arabic
CU Poster of Yasser Arafat and other PLO posters (three shots)
SV AND CU Interview with Dr Mohammed Abu-Koash, assistant PLO representative in London
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: DARBY: "Doctor, who does the PLO blame for this shooting?"
ABU-KOASH: "Well there is no doubt in our mind that this assassination attempt has been carried out by the Israeli intelligence service in collaboration with the Egyptian intelligence service."
DARBY: "Do you see this as the result of the recent talks between President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin."
ABU-KOASH: "Well during the recent meetings between President Sadat and Begin they discussed the security issue, including the co-ordination between the intelligence services and this is a manifestation and a translation of that agreement to co-ordinate such work. May I add also Mr Begin declared that he will use all available worthwhile methods against the Palestinian people and its leadership wherever they might be. This is part of action to liquidate the PLO leadership and all voices standing against the Camp David agreement."
DARBY: "Do you see this as a new campaign or as a continuation of a long-standing campaign against the PLO?"
ABU-KOASH: "Well this incident heralds a new joint Israeli-Egyptian campaign and this campaign is endorsed and has the blessing of President Carter because the three of them, President Carter, Sadat and Begin, have common interests in liquidating all the voices which are standing against the Camp David agreement which claims to achieve a just peace and rest."
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Background: Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) military chief Zuhair Mohsen died today (26 July) when life support systems were switched off. Mr Mohsen was shot in the head by gunmen yesterday on his way home from the Palm Beach casino in Cannes. The pro-Syrian Saiqa commando group which was led by Mr Mohsen has vowed revenge on his attackers and blames the assassination attempt on the "Camp David Alliance", by which they mean Egypt, Israel and the United States.
SYNOPSIS: Zuhair Mohsen was a controversial figure in the Palestinian movement. Although a leading member of the PLO, he also had another role. Mr Mohsen was also chief of the pro-Syrian Saiqa guerrilla group whose reputation suffered in Palestinian eyes, at least, during the Lebanese civil war in summer 1976. Syria sided with the Christians against its former Palestinian allies. One of its effects was the disintegration of the Saiqa organisation. But most Palestinians, including PLO leader Yasser Arafat, claim Israeli intelligence was behind the shooting. Doctor Mohammed Abu-Koash, assistant PLO representative in London commented to John Derby: