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Scenes of chaos as Palestinians bid final farewell to Arafat

Yasser Arafat was laid to rest amid scenes of chaos at his West Bank headquarters as thousands of Palestinians packed into the compound to catch a last glimpse of their leader. The body of Arafat, who died Thursday at age 75, was placed in a grave topped with soil from his beloved Jerusalem, a Palestinian flag, floral wreathes and the chequered black-and-white keffiyeh that was his trademark. Thousands of Palestinians surged around the Egyptian military helicopter that brought the body to Ramallah from Cairo, where a military funeral was attended by dozens of foreign dignitaries. Overwhelmed Palestinian security forces shot into the air as the hordes prevented the flag-draped coffin from being unloaded for some 20 minutes. Full Story

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