• Short Summary

    Several thousand Lebanese and Palestinians marched through the streets of Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday (17th April), in a symbolic funeral for three Arab guerrillas killed in an attack on an Israeli village.

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    Several thousand Lebanese and Palestinians marched through the streets of Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday (17th April), in a symbolic funeral for three Arab guerrillas killed in an attack on an Israeli village. The guerrillas - members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- died in the attack on Kiryat Shmoneh in northern Israel on Good Friday (11 April).

    Armed Palestinian commandos took part in the six mile (10 kilometre) procession through some of the main streets of Beirut. They were joined by Lebanese students and Palestinian refugees.

    The commandos bore three empty coffins -- each wrapped in the Palestinian flag -- from the Lebanese University to the "Martyrs' Cemetery". Palestinian commandos and leaders killed in action are buried in the cemetery.

    At the end of the procession, the crowd at the cemetery was addressed by several leaders, including Mr. Ahmed al Yamani -- the Chairman of the Popular Organisation Department in the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

    SYNOPSIS: Several thousand Lebanese and Palestinians marched through the streets of Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. They were taking part in a symbolic funeral for three Arab guerrillas killed in an attack on an Israeli village.

    The guerrillas -- members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- died in the attack on Kiryat Shmoneh in northern Israel on Good Friday. Three empty coffins - covered with the Palestinian flag -- were borne by Palestinian commandos.

    The symbolic funeral procession wound through the main streets of Beirut, along a distance of six miles from the Lebanese University to the "Martyrs' Cemetery", where Palestinian commandos and leaders are buried.

    Young girls -- many carrying photographs of the dead men, and others carrying wreaths -- were joined in the procession by Lebanese students and Palestinian refugees. Several youth and political organisation were represented in the procession.

    Thirteen people were kidnapped during the Arab attack on Kiryat Shmoneh, and three villagers killed.

    At the end of the procession, the crowd at the "Martyrs' Cemetery" was addressed by several political leaders. They included Mr. Ahmed Al Yamani, who's the Chairman of the Popular Organisation Department in the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

    Mr. Yamani said the PLO would continue to implement its political programme. He pledged his organisation to fight until Palestine became liberated. Earlier. Mr. Yamani said the Palestinian people were bettering themselves, and were preparing their defences.

    Mr. Yamani stressed that the main aim of the Palestinian people was the return to their homeland. He said the Palestinians would never give their rights, and were prepared to die for those rights.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAES5ERP3EFCLHQOHM2OUUSDD86
    Media URN:
    VLVAES5ERP3EFCLHQOHM2OUUSDD86
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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