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Palestinian poet 'Abu Arab' dies at 83

March 2, 2014 10:47 P.M. (Updated: March 13, 2014 10:02 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian poet Ibrahim Mohammad Saleh died on Sunday after a long fight with illness.

His grandson, Ayham Matar, told Ma'an that Saleh, who is commonly known as Abu Arab, died in his house in Homs on Sunday afternoon.

Abu Arab, deemed "the poet of the Palestinian revolution," was born in al-Shajara village near Tiberia in mandate Palestine in 1931.

He lived in a number of refugee camps in Arab states, before ending up in Syria.

Shajara formed his first band which consisted of 14 singers in Jordan in 1980.

His father was killed while fighting Israeli forces in 1948, while his son was killed in the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

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