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Fatah commemorates leader assassinated by Israel

April 16, 2016 8:42 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2016 4:07 P.M.)
Youth march in Ramallah in commemoration of Khalil al-Wazir’s death. (Photo Credit: Social media)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Fatah party on Saturday commemorated the death of Khalil al-Wazir, a top leader of the movement who was assassinated by Israel in his home just under two decades ago.

Fatah supporters marched in honor of al-Wazir, known by his party as Abu Jihad, through the center of Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank, waving party flags and hoisting photos of al-Wazir.

Forcefully expelled from his home in Ramle during the establishment of Israel in 1948, al-Wazir played a major role in Fatah’s military activities for decades and was close to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The leader was exiled from Lebanon along with the rest of Fatah following Israel’s 1982 invasion and exiled from Jordan two years later, before finally landing in Tunis where he was assassinated in 1988.

Al-Wazir played an integral role in remotely organizing youths inside the occupied Palestinian territory in preparation for the First Intifada, and is one of a number of Palestinian leaders believed to have been assassinated by Israeli forces.

Fatah commemoration of Khalil al-Wazir in Ramallah on April 16, 2016. (Photo Credit: Social media)
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