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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
In pictures: Arafat's release
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has left his Ramallah compound for the first time in five weeks, after the Israeli army lifted its siege.

Jubilant crowds of Palestinians went out to greet him, as he moved around the town in a convoy of vehicles.

Arafat flashes V-sign
Arafat toured the West Bank town of Ramallah after emerging from his compound

town tour
The Palestinian leader was in buoyant mood as he mingled with supporters

Car, kids
Crowds surrounded his car as he drove through the town

Arafat outside main hospital
People were eager to shake his hand

Hospital
Arafat paid his respects to some of the wounded at Ramallah hospital

Arafat at grave side
He also prayed at a communal grave for victims of the occupation

Arafat headquarters
Some of the devastation was plain to see, with dozens of car wrecks littering the city


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