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Palestinians Commemorate Death of Fatah's Yasser Arafat

IN PICTURES: Fatah supporters in the Gaza Strip commemorate the 13th anniversary of the death of the Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat. 

Yasser Arafat was the founder of the Fatah movement that was part of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which he chaired for 35 years. 

Arafat died on Nov. 11, 2004, in Paris of unknown causes, but many Palestinians accuse Israel of having poisoned the leader, who had been under siege by Israeli forces in his West Bank compound located in Ramallah since 2002.

The radioactive material polonium was found on his body by a team of Swiss forensic experts, a substance which is extremely toxic.

Arafat was the first president of the Palestinian National Authority and famously said, “I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.”

Wearing yellow flags, Palestinians loyal to Fatah took to the streets of Occupied Palestine to honor their leader.

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Fatah supporters mark the anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in Gaza City. Israeli forces disrupted the commemorations in Hebron.
Fatah supporters mark the anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in Gaza City. Israeli forces disrupted the commemorations in Hebron. Photo:Reuters
Supporters of all ages pay tribute to Arafat in the Gaza Strip. Israel controls Gaza
Supporters of all ages pay tribute to Arafat in the Gaza Strip. Israel controls Gaza's airspace and territorial waters, as well as controlling its borders and the flow of basic needs of Palestine residents such as water and medicine. Photo:Reuters
Fatah members honor Arafat waving flags and listening to speech by current Fatah leaders.
Fatah members honor Arafat waving flags and listening to speech by current Fatah leaders. Photo:Reuters
Fatah supporters take part in a rally marking the death anniversary of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City.
Fatah supporters take part in a rally marking the death anniversary of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City. Photo:Reuters
Crowds in Gaza Strip commemorate the death of Arafat. Gaza was blocked off by Israel from the Occupied West Bank after a siege in 2014.
Crowds in Gaza Strip commemorate the death of Arafat. Gaza was blocked off by Israel from the Occupied West Bank after a siege in 2014. Photo:Reuters
Arafat supporters in Gaza City.
Arafat supporters in Gaza City. Photo:Reuters
Palestinians honor one of their long-standing leaders.
Palestinians honor one of their long-standing leaders. Photo:Reuters
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