Omar Shibly, deputy secretary-general of the PLF, revealed to Al Bawaba that the body of Abu Abbas will now be buried in Syria. The late PLF leader was supposed to be buried in the West Bank but the Israeli government refused the request.
Shibly was thankful to the Syrian government for accepting to have Abu Abbas buried in Damascus.
“The Americans did not hand over the body yet. They accepted to hand it over to us…but they did not set a date yet.” Shibly added.
Regarding whether he thinks that Abu Abbas’ death was of natural causes, Shibly commented, “Personally, I am convinced that he was assassinated. He was in very good health. The last letter we got from him was a week before his death…in it he assured us that he was in good heath and spirits.”
Shilby also asserted that the PLF is holding the US responsible for the death of their leader.
“An Arab and Palestinian panel will be formed to try to get to the bottom of the issue. Also, we will be asking for an international panel to investigate the incident. The most obvious proof that Abu Abbas was assassinated is because he died in US custody.” Shibly added. (albawaba.com)
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