Palestinian guerrillas have been mourning the death of their military chief Zuher Mohsen and have vowed bloody revenge against his killers.
Palestinian guerrillas have been mourning the death of their military chief Zuher Mohsen and have vowed bloody revenge against his killers. Mr. Mohsen died in a French hospital after being shot in the head by unidentified gunmen in Cannes on Wednesday (25 July).
SYNOPSIS: In Lebanon, and Haret ??? Naheh members of Mohsen's Saiqa movement put up roadblocks and searched passing cars in a reaction to Wednesday's assassination. The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in a statement issued soon after Mohsen's death blamed 'Israeli Terrorism' for the killing.
Mohsen was the PLO's head of military department and pro-Syrian Saiqa guerrilla group. Nobody has claimed responsibility for his murder, hut police said they suspected inter-Arab factions behind the attack. Within minutes of the news of Mohsen' death, clouds of smoke drifted over the mainly Moslem west side of Beirut from dozens of burning tyres in an Arab demonstration of mourning.
The Saiqa commandos widened their protest and closed the main highway linking Beirut with Sidon. The Palestinian guerrillas said those who killed Mohsen were 'carrying out the Camp David conspiracy of treason' against Palestinians and said there would be bloody revenge on the killers. While Mohsen's death went unmourned in Egyptian newspapers, the editorials of most other Arab papers condemned the assassination, leaving fears of a renewed Middle Eastern underground war.