Khalil Abed Rabbo, a journalist in Agency France-Presse's Jerusalem burueau and brother of Palestinian minister of information Yasser Abed Rabbo, died Thursday night of lung cancer, his family said.
His brother, who had been in Washington since Tuesday for peace negotiations with Israel, is expected to return to Ramallah Saturday morning for the funeral, which is scheduled for the afternoon.
Khalil Abed Rabbo, 45, was born to a Palestinian family in Jordan in 1955.
His family moved to Beirut three years later, where he lived until 1985. At school, he studied social sciences before taking his first steps into journalism.
He would spend several years in Germany before moving to Jerusalem in January 1996, a little more than two years after the signing of the Oslo peace agreement that launched the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
After working for the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, Abed Rabbo joined AFP's Jerusalem bureau in April 1997 and devoted his talent, dynamism and tenacity to AFP.
He fought his long battle against lung cancer with the same indomitable spirit.
Abed Rabbo, who was unmarried, is also survived by three sisters -- RAMALLAH (AFP)
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