One of the founding members of the Palestinian Fatah movement, Sakher Habash, died in the West Bank on Sunday at the age of 70.
Palestinian officials said Habash died of a stroke. The Palestinian Authority issued a statement mourning his death.
Habash helped form Fatah in 1965 and served as a close military aide to the movement's iconic leader, Yasser Arafat. He spent time in exile with Arafat in Lebanon in the 1970s, and held various top positions within Fatah, including its director of recruitment.
Habash was born in 1939 near Jaffa. His family fled during the 1948 war to a refugee camp in the West Bank.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.