In London, a special memorial service was held on Friday (10 February) for Said Hammami, the London representative of the Palestin??
GV PAN EXT London Mosque
CU INT Photograph of assassinated PLO representative Said Hammami PULL BACK TO GV widow Khalida standing with PLO representatives in front of congregation
GV PAN Congregation seated
CU Nabil Ramlawi, new London-based PLO representative PULL BACK TO MV PAN TO widow
CU Service leader chanting
MV PAN Female mourner shaking hands with Khalida Hammami and PLO members
CU Hammami children PULL BACK TO MV PAN mourner shakes hands with widow and PLO members
GV Female mourner shakes hands with widow and others
Said Hammami's body was flown from London to Beirut, and, after being paraded through the Lebanese capital on 8 January, was taken to Amman, the capital of Jordan, for burial. Mr. Hammami's family had fled to Jordan in 1948, following the creation of the state of Israel. When he was killed, Middle East Observers were quoted as blaming the Black June group, who operate from Iraq.
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Background: In London, a special memorial service was held on Friday (10 February) for Said Hammami, the London representative of the Palestin?? Liberation Organisation (PLO), who was assassinated on January the 4th. Among those who attended the service, was Mr. Nabil Rawlami, the new PLO spokesman in London.
SYNOPSIS: The memorial service for Mr. Hammami, who was 36, was held at the London Mosque in Regent's Park.
Mr. Hammami died instantly after being shot three times at his London office. His widow, Khalida, was at the service, with his former PLO colleagues.
Some 200 people attended the service, including London-based diplomats, and other sympathisers for the Palestinian cause.
Mr. Nabil Rawlami has succeeded Mr. Hammami as the PLO' spokesman in London. Mr. Hammami had been a close friend of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and regarded as a moderate.
The slain man had opened his London office in 1971, and was the organisation's representative for Western Europe.
Although Mr. Hammami had opposed the peace initiative of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, he voiced his opposition is moderate terms.
He left two young children, a daughter Rasha and son Mosa-ab, and they were with their mother at the service, as members of the congregation paid their respects.
A PLO statement after Mr. Hammami's death claimed he had been killed by renegade Palestinians. This allegation was said to refer to former members of the organisation.