The last Palestinian guerrillas remaining in Israeli-besieged West Beirut withdrew to exile on September 1, three days ahead of the U.S. organised evacuation schedule.
GV Convoy leaving Beirut PLO firing guns. (2 SHOTS)
SV Relatives mourn as soldiers watch. (3 SHOTS)
SVs PLO on trucks waving flags. (3 SHOTS)
GV Truck drives away carrying PLO fighters waving and woman relative is taken away crying. (2 SHOTS)
GV Truck drives through streets while onlookers fire guns.
GV Abu Iyad saying farewell to Beirut people. (2 SHOTS)
SV Abu Iyad gets into car and drives away.
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Background: The last Palestinian guerrillas remaining in Israeli-besieged West Beirut withdrew to exile on September 1, three days ahead of the U.S. organised evacuation schedule. Sixteen truckloads of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) fighters left beirut Port telling reporters they were heading for Tartous in Syria. About 10,000 Palestinians and 2,000 Syrian troops have left West Beirut since the start of the evacuation on August 21, under a plan negotiated by U.S. Special Envoy Philip Habib.In contrast to the noisy gunfire farewells given to the first evacuees, the last guerrillas were given a quiet sendoff by a small group of friends and relatives. Witnesses said one of the first to arrive at the port was Salah Khalaf, familiarly known as Abu Iyad, a senior leader of the biggest PLO commando group, Fatah, and the most prominent Palestinian official left in Beirut since the departure of Chairman Yasser Arafat on August 30.