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AMMAN (AFP) — George Habash, founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), died on Saturday in Amman at the age of 81, an official Jordanian source told AFP.
Habash stepped down as head of the Damascus-based PFLP in July 2000 after having led the faction which is a key component of the Palestine Liberation Organisation for more than 30 years.
He had been living in Jordan, the homeland of his wife, after an illness forced his retirement from political life.
The PFLP under Habash had hijacked airliners to Jordan and he called for the overthrow of Jordan’s monarchy in 1970 before the Black September clashes in which the Jordanian army expelled the PLO from the kingdom.
Habash was born on August 2, 1926, in the Palestinian town of Lydda, now in Israel and known as Lod, the son of a Greek Orthodox merchant family.