Palestine honours Mandela
Communities throughout Palestine held special services to pay respects to Nelson Mandela, who backed their struggle to end Israel's occupation.
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, declared on Sunday a day of mourning in the country, flags were flown at half-mast and church congregations dedicated their prayers to the late South African leader.
The South African Council of Churches Youth Forum (SACCYF) welcomed Palestine's memorials.
"SACCYF is appreciative of the humility of the Palestinians who are not enjoying any freedoms in their occupied lands and continuing dispossession of their lands by the Israeli government," SACCYF said in a press release.
Senior PLO officials, members of the public and representatives from the South African Embassy in Palestine honoured Mandela in Ramallah and 200 others attended a special mass in Bethlehem on Sunday.