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11/12/04

Ceremony And Security Mark Arafat Funeral

Heavy security, humble prayers and a military procession, including kings and presidents, have marked the final farewell to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

There was also his veiled widow, Suha, and their rarely seen nine-year-old daughter, Zahwa, who wept as a band dressed in scarlet played the Palestinian and Egyptian national anthems at a military airfield in northern Cairo.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the heads of the Fatah organization and the P-L-O executive committee were in the front row of about 60 world leaders and other dignitaries who marched in a procession behind the casket.

The band played a funeral dirge and a high-stepping honor guard carried wreaths. Throughout the ceremony Egyptian television played Quranic recitations.

Arafat, who died yesterday, will be buried in Ramallah, in the West Bank.

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