Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC)

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) is headed by Ahmad Jibril; both organisation and leader are based in Syria. It is an offshoot of the PFLP, with a limited following among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria. 

The PFLP-GC was founded by Jibril in 1968 and is supported by Syria.

The group was involved in insurgent attacks against Israeli forces in southern Lebanon during the 1970s and 1980s. It is also allegedly responsible for the bombing of Swissair Flight SR330 in February 1970, as well as a number of attacks against Israeli civilians. These include the Avivim school bus attack, in May 1970, which killed 9 children and 3 adults, and the attack on Kiryat Shmona in April 1974 which killed 18 (including 8 children). In November 1987, 2 PFLP-GC militants infiltrated Israel using hang-gliders from southern Lebanon and proceeded to kill 6 Israeli soldiers. In December 2015, the group claimed responsibility for rocket fire against Israel. In August 2019, a PFLP-GC base in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley was reportedly targetted as part of coordinated Israeli airstrikes against Iranian-backed groups in the region.

The party has strong links to the Syrian regime and reportedly took part in fighting against Syrian opposition forces suirng the civil war. The PFLP-GC is opposed to peace with Israel and is designated a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union.

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