Fahd Al-Qawasmi, the senior Palestinian official assassinated outside his home in Amman, Jordan on December 29, was buried in the capital on December 31 after Israeli authorities refused permission for the burial to take place in the West Bank.
GV Religious leaders and others, including Yasser Arafat, standing before coffin of murder victim, service taking place.(3 SHOTS)
GV Massive crowd outside, coffin carried by hand.
GV Motorcade with funeral procession followed by huge number of cars. (3 SHOTS)
GV Inside cemetery area, officials and others around graveside, funeral procession arrives.
GV Motor convoy arrives, crowd shouting and applauding.
GV Arafat exiting from car, surrounded by bodyguards and aides.
GV Huge crowd around coffin, coffin carried from catafalque. (4 SHOTS)
GV Dignitaries approaching Arafat.
GV Photograph of deceased with crowd surrounding.
SV PAN Arafat addressing crowd, huge crowd applauding.
GV West Bank town shuttered and deserted, some people on street later. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN People listening to mullahs chanting. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Fahd Al-Qawasmi, the senior Palestinian official assassinated outside his home in Amman, Jordan on December 29, was buried in the capital on December 31 after Israeli authorities refused permission for the burial to take place in the West Bank. Thousands of people crowded to the cemetery where the funeral took place: among those present was Yasser Arafat, Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Chairman. He blamed Syria for Qawasmi's killing and said the death had been a plot implemented by what he called the "Zionists of the Arab World", represented by the rulers of Damascus. Official mourners included King Hussein's representative, Prince Raad, Jordanian cabinet ministers and Palestinian leaders. A group called the "Black September Organisations" based in Beirut said it was responsible for the assassination, and charged that Qawasmi had links with Israel and Jordanian intelligence. The dead man was mayor of the West Bank town of Hebron until May, 1980, when Israeli authorities deposed him and expelled him from the territory in retaliation for a guerrilla attack in which six Jewish seminary students were killed. Qawasmi's relatives in Hebron unsuccessfully appealed to the Israeli government for permission to bury him in the town. The request was refused on the grounds that the expected demonstrations could have developed into civil disorder. Instead, 200 residents including the dead man's family were allowed to attend the funeral in Amman. In Hebron, shops were closed as general strike took effect, and the town was deserted as people attended prayers to mark Qawasmi's funeral.