Palestine leader Yasser Arafat attended the graduation ceremony of about 1,000 young Fatah guerrillas, on Friday (18 August) near Damascus, in Syria.
Palestine leader Yasser Arafat attended the graduation ceremony of about 1,000 young Fatah guerrillas, on Friday (18 August) near Damascus, in Syria. The ceremony was also attended by Syrian Deputy Commander in Chief and Defence Minister Mustafa Tlas.
Mr. Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) is also the head of Fatah, the biggest commando group.
Along with Major-General Tlas, he watched the young guerrillas parade and perform. All of the young people, boys and girls, are under fifteen years of age. The group has been named after Palestinian martyr Dalal Maghribi.
Major-General Tlas, speaking to the class, compared Syria to North Vietnam and said Damascus was a solid base for the Palestinian Commando movement.
The theme of the speeches was solidarity and the armed struggle between Syria and the PLO as the ideal method to recover Arab territory and Palestinian rights. Mr. Arafat said the solidarity between the two groups of people is historical, national and pan-Arab; that Damascus is the Hanoi of the Palestinian Revolution.
After the speeches the young guerrillas displayed their military skills including loading and firing a rifle in lightning speed.