FILE: Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's sister, Khadija Arafat, died early Saturday morning at a hospital in Cairo where she had been receiving treatment, at the age of 86
CAIRO – 11 August 2018: Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's sister, Khadija Arafat, died early Saturday morning at a hospital in Cairo where she had been receiving treatment, at the age of 86, as announced by Wafa, the Palestinian News and Information Agency.
The Palestinian National Liberation Organization, Fatah, mourned with deep sorrow the death of Khadija, calling her “the Revolutionary Adult”.
Since she came to Gaza, Khadija headed a charitable organization providing services to the Palestinian people.
In a press interview during the commemoration of her brother’s martyrdom in 2013, Khadija said: "My mother died very early and left us very young, then my uncle moved with us from Cairo to Jerusalem where he took care of us… We grew up there with our family and Al Saud family.”
"Since the birth of Abu Ammar, he was fighting the Israeli occupation. When he was four years old, he used to gather children and stones from Al-Aqsa Mosque and throw them against the Jewish worshipers beside the Wailing Wall," she followed.
President Mahmoud Abbas mourned her death highlighting her national role during the Palestinian Revolution led by her deceased brother, the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
As noticed, Khadija was the only remaining sister of Arafat.
Arafat was the president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) (1996–2004), chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (1969–2004), and the Leader of Fatah, the largest of the constituent PLO factions. In 1993, he led the PLO to a peace agreement with Israel. Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres of Israel were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994.