Hayel Abdel Hamid


January 20, 2022

Hayel Abdel Hamid, better known by his nickname Sphinx, a Palestinian military, born in Safed in 1937, one of the founders of the Fatah movement in Germany and Austria. occupied territory until the date of his assassination.

Birth and work

In the year of the Nakba, he immigrated with his family to Syria when he was about ten years old. He studied in Germany and there he met the brothers Hani al-Hassan, Amin al-Hindi, Yahya Ashour and others. They were one of the youth nuclei and others in other Western countries that gathered in a crucible of struggle. He trained in weapons and joined the Palestinian Liberation Army, and he was wounded in one of the battles of the 1967 war. In 1972, he was appointed as a delegate to the Fatah movement following the assassinations of Al-Fardan in 1973, then he assumed responsibility for the revolutionary security in Fatah. He was surrounded with Khalil al-Wazir "Abu Jihad" and the Palestinian Revolutionary Forces in the fall of 1983 in Tripoli by the dissidents and the Syrian forces. Then Yasser Arafat joined them until December 19, 1983, when he left Tripoli by sea with Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian forces. He assumed responsibility for security and information for the "Fatah" movement along with Salah Khalaf "Abu Iyad". He worked as a commissioner for the Occupied Territory Authority after the martyrdom of Khalil al-Wazir "Abu Jihad", in addition to his responsibilities in the security apparatus, and he continued to do so until the date of his martyrdom with Salah Khalaf and Fakhri al-Omari.

His assassination

He was assassinated with Salah Khalaf "Abu Iyad" on January 14, 1991 in the Tunisian Hammam al-Anf region by Hamza Abu Zeid. He was buried in the cemetery of the martyrs of Palestine in the city of Hammam al-Anf with Abu Iyad.


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