Hasan al-Kharrat (1861–1925) was a rebel commander of the Great Syrian
Revolt against the French Mandate, operating mainly in Damascus and its
Ghouta countryside. As the qabaday (local youths boss) of the al-
Shaghour quarter of Damascus, he was connected with Nasib al-Bakri, a
nationalist from the quarter's most influential family. At al-Bakri's
invitation, he joined the revolt in August 1925 and recruited a group of
fighters in and around al-Shaghour. He led the rebel assault against
Damascus, briefly capturing the residence of French High-Commissioner
Maurice Sarrail before withdrawing amid heavy bombardment. Towards the
end of 1925, relations grew tense between al-Kharrat and other rebel
leaders, particularly Sa'id al-'As and Ramadan al-Shallash, and they
traded accusations of plundering villages or strong-arming local
inhabitants. Al-Kharrat continued to lead forays in the Ghouta, where he
was ultimately killed in a French ambush. The revolt dissipated by 1927,
but he gained a lasting reputation as a martyr of the Syrian resistance
to French rule.
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