Ahmad Jibril, PFLP founder, dies in Syria at 83

Ahmad Jibril, PFLP founder, dies in Syria at 83

Ahmad Jibril, founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command organization, died Wednesday at the age of 83 in a Damascus hospital.

Jibril founded the PFLP-GV in 1968 as a breakaway group from the PFLP organization.

He was born near Jaffa in 1928 before his family was displaced to Syria in 1948, where he joined the Syrian army.

In 1959, Jibril founded “The Front for the Liberation of Palestine”, which was a semi-military group and tried to merge it with Fatah.

Jibril was a strong opponent of the Oslo accords. He was also against the political settlement approach that the PLO was adopting. In the 1990s, he was involved in violent clashes with the PLO.

In Lebanon, the PFLP took part in the confrontation against the Israeli aggression between 1978 and 1982.

He was part of several prisoners swap deals with ‘Israeli’, including one, in which Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and the Japanese freedom fighter Kozo Okamoto were freed.

Source: Quds news network

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