A major Palestinian commando group vowed on Wednesday night (25 July) to hunt down the men who shot the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) military chief Zuhair Mohsen.
GV: Gray D'Albion apartment hotel block in Cannes.
SV AND CU: Apartment hallway with bullet holes and blood on walls.
GV AND SV: Saint Roch hospital in Nice. (3 shots)
CU: Doctor speaking in French to reporters.
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Background: A major Palestinian commando group vowed on Wednesday night (25 July) to hunt down the men who shot the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) military chief Zuhair Mohsen. Mr. Mohsen, chief of the pro-syrian Saiqa Commando group and head of the PLO's military department, was gunned down early Wednesday morning (25 July) outside his apartment in the southern French seaside resort of Cannes. He recently returned to Cannes after attending the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Monrovia.
SYNOPSIS: Zuhair Mohsen returned to this exclusive Gray D'Albion apartment block in the early morning from a Cannes Casino. According to the buildings' caretaker one of his attackers was Arab and the other European. After being shot at close range Mr. Mohsen was rushed to the saint Roch Hospital in Nice where brain surgeon Jean Duplay said he was in a deep coma, and it would be forty-eight hours before surgery to repair the brain damage could be contemplated. He added that the Palestinian leader was being kept alive by a respiratory machine.
Mr. Mohsen's commando group declared that they are prepared for what they call "the Zionists plan to annihilate the Palestine revolution and its leaders".
But Beirut sources said they thought inter-Arab rivalries might be the cause of the assassination attempt. They linked it to this month's (July) attack on the Egyptian embassy in Ankara, believed to have been carried out by an offshoot of Mr. Mohsen's group.