In Beirut, Palestinian commando leader Abu Iyad has vowed to revenge the death of guerrilla Abu Hassan, who was killed in a car-bomb attack last week (Monday 22 January).
SV Yasser Arafat being greeted at Arab University in Beirut
SV Abu Iyad speaking Arabic
SV Arafat seated with Hassan Salameh
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SCU Abu Iyad continues speech PAN TO Arafat and Hassan Salameh
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Background: In Beirut, Palestinian commando leader Abu Iyad has vowed to revenge the death of guerrilla Abu Hassan, who was killed in a car-bomb attack last week (Monday 22 January). Iyad, speaking at a rally to mark Hassan's death, said his guerrillas would fight Israelis wherever they found them.
SYNOPSIS: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat attended the rally at the Arab University. Abu Hassan was Arafat's senior personal security aide.
Abu Iyad, who is the Fatah's second-in-command, said in his speech that last Sunday's (28 January) bombings in the Israeli coastal resort of Natanya marked the beginnings of the Palestinian answer to Hassan's killing.
In the audience was Abu Hassan's son, Hassan Salameh. His father was accused by Israel of having masterminded the "Munich Massacre", when 11 Israeli athletes were killed at the 1972 Olympic Games. The palestinians denied this charge, and accused Israel of senselessly murdering Hassan. Four of Hassan's body guards and several passers-by also died in the incident.
The bomb blast in Natanya on Sunday was said to have been carried out by guerrillas formerly under the command of Abu Hassan.
At least five Israelis were killed and fifty-five wounded. Hassan's death, the audience were told, would not alter the determination of Lebanese people to support the Palestinian Revolution.