Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority President and leader who fought for his people’s cause for decades has died in a French hospital after a lingering illness. He was 75.
Secretary-general of the Palestinian presidency, Tayib Abd al-Rahim, confirmed the death.
His body will be flown to Cairo for a ceremony on Friday and then to the West Bank city of Ramallah for burial the same day.
The speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Rawhi Fattuh, will be sworn in as Palestinian Authority president on an interim basis until elections are held after 60 days.
Yasser Arafat was a great leader, a symbol for resistance and will power, a man of principle, a man who lived and died for a great cause and a man of peace.
It’s so sad to see such a good man pass away.
Today, like everyday, we are all Palestinians, and we all mourn this man we have grown to respect and look up to throughout the years.
May you rest in peace Yasser Arafat.