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Arafat Emerges Following Siege

June 6, 2002

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) _ Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat emerged Thursday from his damaged office building, saying Israel’s latest attack on his compound would only strengthen the resolve of the Palestinians.

Arafat flashed a V-for-victory sign as he was greeted by about 100 cheering civilians and security guards.

The Palestinian leader emerged from the building two hours after Israeli troops left the compound, ending a six-hour siege during which they blew up three buildings and exchanged fire with Arafat’s security guards. One security guard was killed.

``This will only increase the steadfastness of our people,″ Arafat said, referring to the Israeli attack.

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