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Palestinians hold funeral for lawmaker Rabiha Diab

April 23, 2016 6:32 P.M. (Updated: April 23, 2016 6:33 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of parliamentarian Rabiha Diab in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, locals said.

Diab -- referred to by the Fatah party as an “iron woman” following her death earlier this week -- was given a military ceremony.

Her body was carried by Palestinian officers from Palestine Medical Center towards the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum, where security services fired 21 gunshots in the air. Diab was then laid to rest in her hometown of Dura al-Qaraa.

A number of Palestinian leaders and officials attended the ceremony, including members of the PLO Executive Committee, the governor of Ramallah, and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Diab during her life was detained by Israeli forces seven times, spent a total of nearly seven years in Israeli jails, was sentenced to house arrest twice, and was prevented from traveling abroad by the Israeli authorities for 19 years.

Over the course of her career, Diab was Minister of Women's Affairs from 2009 to 2013, a PLC member from 2006 until 2016, and Deputy Assistant Minister at the Youth and Sport Ministry in 2005.

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