Ramadan Shalah, born in Gaza in 1958, was the secretary-general of Islamic Jihad (PIJ) until September 2018. Based in Syria, he wais one of the founders of PIJ and became secretary general after the assassination of Fathi al-Shikaki by Israel in 1995. In April 2018, he reportedly suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in Beirut. He died in June 2020 and was buried in Damascus. Shalah was on the FBI's most wanted list.