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Israeli forces raid PFLP's Tulkarem office on group's 48th anniversary

Dec. 11, 2015 5:34 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2015 5:20 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday raided the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's office in the northern occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem, local sources told Ma'an.

Sources said Israeli forces smashed the doors of the PFLP office and confiscated all flags, national signs and posters from the center.

Tulkaram had been put on lockdown and raided Wednesday night and Thursday after a suspected Palestinian gunman injured two Israelis in a drive-by shooting in the area.

Friday marks the 48th anniversary of the PFLP's creation led by George Habash in 1967, following the Six Day War.

Jamil Mizher, member of the politburo of the PFLP, said on Friday that the day would be a “day of rage in occupied Palestine, with confrontation of the occupation in all points of conflict.”

The left-wing Marxist-Leninist group gained a stronghold in the 1970s as the second largest party in the PLO, but lost much of its political influence following the First Intifada and the signing of the Oslo Accords. 

The PFLP is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, the European Union and Israel, despite its mainstream popularity as a resistance movement among Palestinians.

The group's current leader, Ahmad Saadat was imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority in 2001, just days after he assumed office, for allegedly organizing the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister, Rehavam Zeevi.

In 2006 Israeli forces besieged the Palestinian prison and captured Saadat, who has been held in Israeli prison since.

One of the group's most well-known members is female Palestinian fighter Leila Khaled, who hijacked several planes as a member of the PFLP.

Her most notable hijacking being a TWA plane in 1968, where Khaled and a team of others evacuated the plan of all people before blowing up the aircraft.

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