INTRODUCTION: Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) spokesman Majed Abu Sharar was buried yesterday (13 October) in an emotional ceremony in Beirut.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (VISNEWS - TWEFIC GHAZZAWI)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) spokesman Majed Abu Sharar was buried yesterday (13 October) in an emotional ceremony in Beirut. Mr. Sharar was killed in an explosion in a hotel in the centre of Rome last Friday (9 October). He had been in the Italian capital for a seminar. PLO sources claim that their representative was killed by Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Service.
SYNOPSIS: The funeral ceremony was attended by several thousand in the Lebanese capital. After a service at a mosque in Beirut's Palestinian quarter Mr. Sharar's body was carried on a military vehicle to the Martyrs' Cemetery in the city. Many Palestinian shops were closed as a mark of respect to the dead man.
Mr. Sharar, aged 47, had been head of the PLO's Unified Information Office and a central Committee member of Fatah, the largest PLO guerrilla organisation. Many Palestinian commandos led the procession and then fired into the air in salute as Abu Sharar was buried. It was one of the largest shows of strength by the PLO in Beirut for many years and was evidence of the esteem in which Mr. Sharar was held by the organisation.
Roads in the Palestinian quarter were closed as the procession wound its way to the cemetery. The marchers carried placards and chanted in praise of the dead man. They also shouted slogans denouncing Israel and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state. Mr. Sharar's mother travelled to Beirut from the Israeli-occupied West Bank for the funeral which was also attended by the exiled mayors of the West Bank towns of Halhoul and Hebron.
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