fatah gunment 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday held a military funeral for Ahmed Abu al-
Sukkar, a former Fatah prisoner who was involved in the 1975 “refrigerator
bombing” in Jerusalem’s Zion Square.
Fourteen people were killed and more
than 60 injured in the terror attack.
The 78-year-old Abu al- Sukkar died
of a heart attack on Tuesday night.
Draped in a Palestinian flag, his
coffin was placed on a PA military vehicle, which transferred him from hospital
to the center of Ramallah.
From there, Abu al-Sukkar’s coffin was taken
for burial in his hometown of Turmus Aiya north of Ramallah.
Mahmoud Abbas published a statement mourning the death of Abu al- Sukkar, whom
he described as a faithful struggler for freedom and the Palestinian
Abbas said that Abu al- Sukkar had devoted many years to serving
the interests of his people.
At the funeral, one of Abbas’s top aides,
Tayeb Abdel Rahim, said that, “Palestine has lost a great leader and fighter who
spent his life in Israeli prisons.”
Abu al-Sukkar was sentenced to life
in prison and an additional 30 years for his role in the terror attack. He was
released in 2003 after spending 28 years behind bars.
The terror attack
took place on July 4, 1975, when an explosive device hidden within a
refrigerator exploded in the bustling Zion Square.