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Terrorist’s Burial Turns into Riot

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The funeral of a Palestinian terrorist who died in prison last weekend turned into a riot Tuesday at the Moslem cemetery on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Police used tear gas to disperse youths who were hurling rocks and waving Palestinian flags as 2,000 mourners gathered to bury Omar Kassem.

About 20 people were detained for questioning.

Kassem, whose 21 years in Israeli jails made him the longest serving Palestinian prisoner, died Sunday at the age of 48.

He is believed to have suffered from intestinal cancer.

Kassem had been a senior member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a pro-Syrian group led by Nayef Hawatmeh.

At the time of his death, the Israeli authorities were reportedly considering his release in exchange for the body of an Israeli soldier, who died after being captured in Lebanon in 1983.

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