In London, a special memorial service was held on Friday (10 February) for Said Hammami, the London representative of the Palestin??
In London, a special memorial service was held on Friday (10 February) for Said Hammami, the London representative of the Palestin?? Liberation Organisation (PLO), who was assassinated on January the 4th. Among those who attended the service, was Mr. Nabil Rawlami, the new PLO spokesman in London.
SYNOPSIS: The memorial service for Mr. Hammami, who was 36, was held at the London Mosque in Regent's Park.
Mr. Hammami died instantly after being shot three times at his London office. His widow, Khalida, was at the service, with his former PLO colleagues.
Some 200 people attended the service, including London-based diplomats, and other sympathisers for the Palestinian cause.
Mr. Nabil Rawlami has succeeded Mr. Hammami as the PLO' spokesman in London. Mr. Hammami had been a close friend of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and regarded as a moderate.
The slain man had opened his London office in 1971, and was the organisation's representative for Western Europe.
Although Mr. Hammami had opposed the peace initiative of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, he voiced his opposition is moderate terms.
He left two young children, a daughter Rasha and son Mosa-ab, and they were with their mother at the service, as members of the congregation paid their respects.
A PLO statement after Mr. Hammami's death claimed he had been killed by renegade Palestinians. This allegation was said to refer to former members of the organisation.