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Photo journal: Arafat's farewell
Funeral preparation

Friday dawned beautifully sunny over Ramallah. Part of the Muqata had undergone a makeover with a dignified tomb built under a clump of trees.

A marching band and guard of honour, flags and a red carpet were readied. Helipads were painted for the aircraft carrying the coffin and VIPs from a military funeral in Cairo.

This was the Old Guard's idea of a fitting send-off.

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