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Photo journal: Arafat's farewell
An unhappy holiday

Palestinians followed events closely at the French military hospital where Yasser Arafat was treated for a mystery illness but now appeared to be facing his final hours on earth.

Most people accepted his time had come and were more worried about shopping for the Eid holiday before news of the death was announced and the markets closed.

Traders were especially agitated, having bought goods on credit, hoping to benefit from busy pre-Eid sales.

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