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Former Lebanese Prime Minister Buried In Beirut


http://gdb.rferl.org/FE0689EE-61B4-4953-898D-41DE74E02F2C_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/FE0689EE-61B4-4953-898D-41DE74E02F2C_mw800_mh600.jpg The site of the 14 February bomb blast that killed 15 people, including former Prime Minister Hariri 16 February 2005 -- Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was buried in Beirut today after a funeral procession that drew hundreds of thousands of mourners.

Many of the mourners chanted slogans against Syria, which is blamed by many Lebanese for the assassination of Hariri in a massive bomb explosion on 13 February. Hariri had protested Syrian influence in Lebanon and resigned in October.

Syria has condemned the killing, but Hariri's death has resulted in renewed international pressure -- led by the United States and France -- for Damascus to pull its troops out of Lebanon.

French President Jacques Chirac flew into Beirut today to present his condolences to Hariri's family.

Several European and Arab ministers were at Beirut's towering Mohammed al-Amin Mosque for the burial. But the family made it clear that Lebanon's president and other pro-Syrian officials were unwelcome.

(DPA/AFP/AP/Reuters)
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