For the first time since their clash with the Jordanian Army last September, Palestinian Commandos staged a march through Amman yesterday (Sunday).
GV Abu Darwish mosque
SV Yasser Arafat leaves mosque surrounded by guards
SV Arafat enters vehicle (2 shots)
GV Procession moves off.
SV & CU Arab observers cars with green flags
SV Cars & lorries flower decorated (3 shots)
SV & CU Children walk with wreathes (4 shots)
SV & CU Monument in cemetery
CU & LV Arafat waves to crowd ( 3 shots)
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Background: For the first time since their clash with the Jordanian Army last September, Palestinian Commandos staged a march through Amman yesterday (Sunday). They were marking the first day of the Moslem Ramadan Feast and the anniversary of the United Nations resolution on the partition of Palestine.
Commando leader Yasser Arafat made his first public appearance since the September fighting when he prayed at the Abu Darwish Mosque with large numbers of his followers.
Arab observers patrolled the march,, which started from the Unknown Commando Monument. But there were no incidents and no sign of tension.
In a speech in the eve of Ramadan, King Hussein of Jordan referred to the September clashes as "the most serious ordeal" that the nation had faced. But, he added, the fighting now belonged to the past.
Troops,, citizens and commandos should face the common enemy, striving for national unity as a way towards inter-Arab union and the recovery of Israeli-occupied Arab territory.
The goal of Sunday's march was Martyrs Cemetery of the Palestinian Revolution, where the commandos paid homage to their dead.