PFLP Founder Ahmed Yamani Dies From Stroke in Beirut

Yamani, 86, helped create the PFLP following the Six-Day War in 1967; the PFLP gained notoriety for airliner hijackings in 1970.

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The radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine says one of its founders, Ahmed Yamani, has died in Beirut after a stroke. He was 86.

Yamani, also known as Abu Maher Yamani, died Monday in a Beirut hospital.

PFLP rally in the Gaza Strip, December 11, 2010.Credit: AP Photo / Adel Hana

The PFLP was launched by the late Palestinian leader George Habash in December 1967, six months after the Six-Day War.

The PFLP is a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. It gained notoriety for the 1970 hijackings of four Western airliners over the United States, Europe, the Far East and the Persian Gulf. The aircraft were blown up in the Middle East after passengers and crews disembarked.

Yamani will be buried in Beirut on Wednesday.

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