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Grief and uncertainty in Ramallah

A sombre mood descended on Ramallah when the news of Yasser Arafat’s death finally came. It had been expected for days, and Palestinians had been bracing themselves for the announcement from the military hospital in France. So in a sense, it came as a relief; the old man’s suffering had come to an end. But the big question in many Palestinian minds is “What happens now?” “I’m not sad,” said one young man catching a bus at the Manara junction in the centre of Ramallah. “His time had come and it’s now time to move on, time for new Palestinian leaders.” Full Story

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