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Photo journal: Arafat's farewell

It was clear that the security forces had no way of controlling the frenzied crowd.

The mourners quickly engulfed the coffin allowing uniformed soldiers to carry it, but forcing its progress away from the VIPs who were waiting in the nearby conference hall.

After anxious minutes of pushing, shoving and chaos, the coffin was delivered to the graveside before the ceremonial events could take place.

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