Palestinians March in Bethlehem in Memory of Abu Jihad

Published April 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT




Masked Palestinians carrying weapons marched through Bethlehem Friday to commemorate the 1988 assassination of the Palestinian leader, Khalil Al Wazir, Abu Jihad who was killed by Israeli commandos in Tunis. 

The 200 demonstrators marched past the Church of the Nativity, firing into the air in memory of the former military chief of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the PLO's second-in-command, an AFP correspondent on the scene reported.  

His widow, Intisar al-Wazir, also took part in the demonstration, which was organized by the main group in the PLO, Fateh.  

The West Bank also witnessed demonstrations of a different nature. In Hebron, almost 1,000 supporters of the Palestinian group Hamas marched Friday after weekly prayers to demand the liberation of Palestinian prisoners. 

The protesters thronged streets in the Palestinian sector of this divided flashpoint city and gathered outside the local offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

A spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which is violently opposed to the peace process with Israel, told the crowd that Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority had "capitulated" to the Israelis and called for an end to peace talks with the Jewish state. 

The demonstration called for the release of some 2,000 Palestinians being held either in Israeli or Palestinian jails - (AFP) - Photos by AFP. 


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