SYRIA - July 20 - Mourning Period Ends.Syria's 40-day mourning period for Pres. Hafez Al Assad ends with tributes in his hometown home·town
The town or city of one's birth, rearing, or main residence.
Noun 1. hometown - the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence; "he never went back to his hometown again" of Qardaha from Arab officials and some who served under him during his 3 decades in power. The only relative to speak at the gathering of more than 1,000 people is Assad's older brother Jamil, who briefly thanks Syrians for their condolences. In a ceremony closed to many journalists but carried live on Syrian TV, Vice Pres. Khaddam says he knew the late Assad as a president, a leader and a political thinker. Khaddam describes him as a man who "kept in his steadfastness stead·fast also sted·fast
1. Fixed or unchanging; steady.
2. Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving. See Synonyms at faithful. until his departure". Referring to Hafez Al Assad's insistence that Israel return to Syria the entire Golan Heights Golan Heights, strategic upland region (2003 est. pop. 10,500), c.500 sq mi (1,250 sq km), SW Syria. It borders S Lebanon, NE Israel, and NW Jordan. It takes its name from the ancient city of Golan and was known as Gaulanitis in New Testament times. , Khaddam says: "They could not bring him down to cede or relinquish or compromise on any right related to home territory". (Bashar Al Assad, who was sworn in as president on July 17, has said he will follow his father's course in negotiations with Israel.) Khaddam says Arab unity was the elder Assad's preoccupation to his final days. Khaddam says: "He was confident that the Arabs' future is in their unity, that their security, stability and renaissance rests in their solidarity". Defence Minister Tlass speaks of the years in which he accompanied the elder Assad, saying: "I fought with him, shared with him every rebellion, insurgence in·sur·gence
The action or an instance of rebellion; an insurrection.
1. the state or condition of being in revolt or insurrection.
2. an uprising. , coup or revolution". (Hafez Al Assad gave his position as defence minister to Tlass when Assad took power in a 1970 coup.) Among others to address the gathering are Lebanese Parliament Speaker Berri and Hizbollah leader Shaikh Nasrallah. (Syria is influential over the Hizbollah guerrilla guerrilla
Member of an irregular military force fighting small-scale, fast-moving actions, usually in concert with an overall political-military strategy, against conventional military and police forces. group that fought Israel during its lengthy occupation of southern Lebanon