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Palestinian poet Nahid Ar-Rayyis dies in Gaza

April 13, 2010 8:00 P.M. (Updated: April 16, 2010 6:09 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Palestinian poet and former Justice Minister Nahid Ar-Rayyis died in Gaza on Tuesday, aged 73, after being hospitalized for deteriorating health.

Known for his poetry depicting Palestinian political struggle, Ar-Rayyis was appointed deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council under the leadership of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in 1996.

Ar-Rayyis was born in Gaza in 1937, and graduated from the University of Cairo in 1958. He volunteered with the PLO's armed group and was later a leader in Beirut. Upon his return to Gaza, he was appointed adviser to the Supreme Court, then PLC deputy. Later, Ar-Rayyis was appointed Minister of Justice.

In addition to writing poetry, such as Songs to Palestinians cities, Ar-Rayyis was a published literary critic, authoring Palestine in the Critical Period.

Hamas and its parliamentary bloc extended its condolences to Ar-Rayyis' family, and mourn his passing.

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