Syrian leaders turned out in force in Damascus on Sunday (19 March), for the funeral of Dr.
SV EXTERIOR Crowds outside Mouassat Hospital (2 shots)
SCU PAN Three distressed women coming down stairs
SV Baath leaders and ministers walking with portrait of Naameh's
GV Mourners crowding around Nammeh's mother, police in uniform
SCU PULL BACK TO GV Syrian leaders watching motorcade
GV & ZOOM TO Coffin being carried above bearers' heads
SV ZOOM TO SCU Portrait on front of leading car
GV Estate car with wreath on front, part of procession
SCU Dignitaries watching procession pass
GV Procession travelling down highway into distance
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Background: Syrian leaders turned out in force in Damascus on Sunday (19 March), for the funeral of Dr. Ibrahim Naameh, the President of the Syrian Dentists' Association, who was assassinated by gunmen on Saturday (18 March).
SYNOPSIS: The funeral procession started at the Mouassat Hospital in Damascus. Dr. Naameh, who was 39, was a relative of Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.
Dr. Naameh had been gunned down at his clinic, and mourners described him as "a martyr killed by our enemies".
Leaders of both the National and Regional Commands of the ruling Baath Socialist party joined family mourners outside the hospital.
Dr. Naameh himself had been a prominent member of the Baath Socialist party.
Another of Dr. Naameh's interests had been Syrian-Soviet relations, and he was Vice-President of the Syrian-Soviet Friendship Society.
Like President Assad, Dr. Naameh came from the village of Kerdaha, and from Damascus his body was taken there for burial.
At the time of the funeral no one had claimed responsibility for the assassination.