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Pieces of Jerusalem buried with Arafat
November 12, 2004
Ramallah - Veteran Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was laid to rest in his battered compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Friday.

Shortly after Arafat was buried, the crowd began a prayer, joined by Palestinian leaders including newly appointed Palestine Liberation Organisation chairperson Mahmud Abbas and prime minister Ahmed Korei.

Tayssir al-Tamimi, head of religious courts in the Palestinian territories, who visited Arafat at his hospital bedside in France before his death, poured soil from Jerusalem atop the coffin.

Arafat had always wanted to be buried in Jerusalem, home to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound which is the third holiest site in Islam, but Israeli authorities categorically refused his interment in the holy city.

The remains of the Palestinian leader, who was pronounced dead in a French hospital Thursday at the age of 75, arrived in Ramallah by helicopter from Cairo, where he was honored with a full military funeral


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