A memorial service was held on Wednesday (10 April) in the UNESCO building in Beirut for three Palestinian leaders killed a year ago during an Israeli commando raid on the Lebanese capital.
GV EXT. UNESCO building in Beirut
SV Guard outside building
CU Poser of dead Palestinian leaders
SV INT. PAN ACROSS Audience seated included Mr. Arafat wearing dark glasses
SCU Former Prime Minister Salam speaking
CU Mr. Arafat listening
SCU & GV Mr. Arafat addressing audience (2 shots)
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Background: A memorial service was held on Wednesday (10 April) in the UNESCO building in Beirut for three Palestinian leaders killed a year ago during an Israeli commando raid on the Lebanese capital.
The commando operation took place on 10 April, 1973. Israeli troops, some dressed as "hippies", landed on a beach outside Beirut, and drove into the city in cars which had been hired for them a few days earlier by agents working for them. Once in the city, the Israelis headed for a luxury apartment building where the Palestinians were living, They burst into their apartment and machine-gunned Mohammed Yussef Najir, Kamal Adwan and Kamal Nasser to death.
Mr. Najir - code-named Abu Yussef - was one of the founders of the Al Fatah movement and regarded as second-in-command to Yasser Arafat at the time. Mr. Adwan was a fatah spokesman and on the executive of the Palestine Liberation. Organisation, and Mr. Nasser, a PLO spokesman was widely known in the Arab world as a poet.
The leader of the Fatah movement, Mr. Yasser Arafat, attended Wednesday's memorial, long with ambassadors to Lebanon from many Arab countries and the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Mr. Saeb Salam.