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Sabri Khalil Albanna

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1937
  • Age: 79
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Born in Jaffa in May 1937; attended a French mission school in Jaffa, then a private Muslim school in Jerusalem; fled with his family to Gaza during the Nakba of 1948; later moved to Nablus, where he graduated from high school in 1955 and became a Ba’athist soon after; studied Engineering in Cairo but returned in 1957 without having graduated; from 1958, worked as electrician and contractor in Saudi Arabia, where he formed his own political group in the mid-1960s; was arrested for his political activities, imprisoned, and tortured and deported to Nablus in 1967; moved to Amman, Jordan, where he joined Fateh; was involved in establishing the first Palestinian security apparatus together with Salah Khalaf; served as Fateh’s representative to Khartoum, Sudan, in 1969 and to Baghdad in 1970; was involved in producing the magazine Filastin Ath-Thawra; after the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, left Fateh and joined rejectionist groups; co-formed a political committee for Palestinians in Iraq in early 1974; was expelled from the PLO; set up an office as Fateh-Revolutionary Council (also known as Abu Nidal Group or Organization) in 1974, an anti-Arafat faction, and began to establish a corps of dormant agents during 1976-78; is said to have been behind over 200 attacks against Jewish-Israeli targets and the killing of leading PLO representatives in various Western and Arab capitals in retaliation for his ouster from the PLO; was expelled by Saddam Hussein from Iraq in 1983 following pressure by the US, Jordan, and the UAE; lived in Syria until 1987; was expelled by Syria in 1987 and moved to Libya, totally opposed to the Oslo peace process; in July 1998, members of his faction demanded his resignation as head and he was arrested by Egyptian authorities while in Cairo for treatment for leukemia; was ordered to leave Egypt and moved to Iraq; was sentenced to death in absentia on 3 Dec. 2001 for the murder of the First Secretary of the Jordanian Embassy in Lebanon; found dead from gunshot wounds in his Baghdad residence on 19 Aug. 2002 (suffered from leukemia and is believed to have committed suicide).


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