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Khalil Al-Wazir

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Tunisia
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1935
  • Age: 88
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Khalil al-Wazir (born in the city of Ramla, Palestine on 12 Rajab 1354 AH / 10 October 1935 - he was assassinated in the suburb of Sidi Bou Said, Tunis on 28 Shaaban 1408 AH / 16 April 1988). His full name is Khalil Ibrahim Mahmoud Al-Wazir, and he is nicknamed Abu Jihad, and his title is the Prince of Martyrs. He is a Palestinian refugee politician and soldier, and one of the founders of the Fatah movement and its armed wing (Al-Asifa). He is a member of the Palestinian National Council, the Supreme Military Council for the Palestinian Revolution, and the Palestinian Central Council.

Al-Wazir became a refugee when his family was abandoned by Zionist militias during the Nakba War in 1948. He established a small group of Palestinian fedayeen in the Gaza Strip. Later, he contributed to the establishment of the Fatah movement, and in the early sixties, the movement established relations with the leaders of the communist regimes in China, North Korea, East Germany, and others, as the movement's first office was opened in Algeria. The minister played an important role in the events of Black September, as he helped the Palestinian forces and supplied them with weapons, but after the defeat of the forces, he joined the organization to Lebanon.

The minister prepared plans for commando operations against Israel, and contributed to the defense of Beirut during the Lebanon War in 1982, and after the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization from Lebanon. Transfer between Tunis, Amman and Baghdad.

Al-Wazir was deputy commander-in-chief of the Palestinian Revolutionary Forces, and had a great influence on Fatah's military activity. The Minister is in command of the Occupied Territories (Western Sector), as he was one of the most prominent leaders of the first Palestinian Intifada and the most prominent of those determined to continue the armed struggle. On April 16, 1988, Israel assassinated him at his residence in Tunisia, coinciding with the events of the first Palestinian intifada.

His upbringing and education
Khalil Ibrahim Mahmoud Al-Wazir was born in the city of Ramla during the British Mandate of Palestine on October 10, 1935, to a Muslim family. His father, Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Wazir, worked in a grocery store in the city, while his mother, Fawzia Khalil Sheikho, was a housewife. His family left the city in July 1948 after the Zionist gangs occupied it and killed and displaced its residents during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 to the Gaza Strip, passing through Latrun, Ramallah and Hebron. The family settled in Al-Bureij camp for Palestinian refugees, and there Al-Wazir received his primary education in one of the schools of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City, and he completed his secondary education in Palestine Secondary School in 1954.

Al-Wazir joined the University of Alexandria in 1955 to study journalism at the Faculty of Arts, but he did not complete his university studies because of the tripartite aggression against Egypt.

his biography
Khalil Al-Wazir joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1952 while he was in high school. He was the leader of the student movement in the school and the secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s student office in Gaza. He was imprisoned for a short time for belonging to the group, as it was a banned party in Egypt, and later he left them. He began organizing a small group of Palestinian fedayeen to fight Israel in military positions near the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.

Yasser Arafat visited Gaza in 1954, and the minister got to know him as a young journalist. The minister was responsible for editing the student magazine “Our Palestine”. In the same year, the Egyptian authorities arrested him.

On February 25, 1955, accompanied by Kamal Adwan, Abu Yusef al-Najjar, Said al-Muzayen, Abd al-Fattah al-Hamoud, Ghaleb al-Wazir, Abdullah Siam, Muhammad al-Ifranji, and Hamad al-Aydi, he detonated the Zohar water tank near Beit Hanoun. On February 28, 1955, the Israeli forces responded by killing dozens of Palestinians and Egyptians. He was deported from Gaza to Egypt, and at that time he began studying at the University of Alexandria, but he left after the tripartite aggression against Egypt in 1956 and received military training in Cairo set up by the Palestine Students League.

Al-Wazir was arrested again in 1957 on charges of leading the Palestinian fedayeen rebellion against Israel and exiled to Saudi Arabia, where he worked as a teacher for a few months in the city of Al-Qunfudhah in the Makkah Al-Mukarramah region. Then he continued teaching after moving to Kuwait in 1959 and remained there until 1963.


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