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    With an uneasy peace holding in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, Palestinians gathered on Sunday (9th July) to remember an earlier casualty of the violence that has plagued the Middle East - poet Ghassan Kanafani who died six years ago.

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    With an uneasy peace holding in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, Palestinians gathered on Sunday (9th July) to remember an earlier casualty of the violence that has plagued the Middle East - poet Ghassan Kanafani who died six years ago.

    SYNOPSIS: This was an occasion for supporters if the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to come together. Abdullah Saad from the Syrian Nationalist Social Party was among those to attend.

    With Beirut still tense, no chances were being taken. Security around the Arab University in Beirut was stringent with the Palestinians making sure only their own supporters were allowed in.

    The audience, mainly composed of Palestinians, came to pay tribute to the memory of Ghassan Kanafani who was killed in 1972.

    Kanafani was official spokesman for the P.F.L.P. guerilla group when he died. He was killed in Beirut when a bobby-trapped bomb planted in his car exploded. His 17-year-old niece who was in the car with him also died.

    His death occurred just two months after the Lod airport massacre in which 26 people had died - the PFLP had claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

    George Haba??? who led the PFLP then, claimed that Kanafani had been murdered by the Israeli Secret Service. He repeated the charge at Sunday's memorial meeting. But there were suggestions that in fact Kanafani had been killed as a result of dissension within the Popular Front itself. But no evidence was over presented to either refute or confirm the story. Mr. Kanafani, a leading poet, was 36 when he died.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7FCD2NHDPXU971AOB4Q140XBQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7FCD2NHDPXU971AOB4Q140XBQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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