Middle East Assignment: Murder

How Israel planned the killing of Arafat's right-hand man

The bedlam began at Al Moasat Hospital in Damascus, where Khalil al-Wazir, the slain military commander of the Palestine Liberation Organization, lay in state. As the burial hour approached, the casket, draped with a Palestinian flag, was lifted onto a caisson wreathed in flowers and towed away by a truck with a Palestinian youth atop, brandishing al-Wazir's picture and flashing the victory sign. At the Yarmouk refugee camp, crowds of keening Palestinians surrounded the funeral cortege of Mercedes, jeeps and taxis. Suddenly the casket, bobbing precariously, was hoisted onto mourners' shoulders and carried amid a sea of people to the Cemetery...

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