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World Coronavirus: The Palestinian negotiator Erekat transferred to a hospital in Israel

17:25  18 october  2020
17:25  18 october  2020 Source:   lemonde.fr

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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-PALESTINIANS-EREKAT: Coronavirus: The Palestinian negotiator Erekat transferred to a hospital in Israel

CORONAVIRUS: LE NÉGOCIATEUR PALESTINIEN EREKAT TRANSFÉRÉ DANS UN HÔPITAL EN ISRAËL © Reuters / MUHAMMAD HAMED CORONAVIRUS: THE NEGOTIATOR TRANSKERS PALESTINIANS A HOSPITAL IN ISRAEL

JERICHO, West Bank - Saeb Erekat, main Palestinian negotiator with Israel, was transferred Sunday to a hospital in Tel Aviv due to the worsening of his health due to his contamination with Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced.

Witnesses say they saw Saeb Erekat, 65, transported on a stretcher in an Israeli ambulance outside his home in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank.

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The Palestinian health care system has been held back by military occupation and is unprepared for the coronavirus onslaught. One person has died, a woman in her 60s whose son is suspected to have contracted the coronavirus while working in Israel .

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Thursday received a lung transplant at a Virginia hospital . His wife and his eldest son, Ali, were with him. Previously, Erekat had been receiving treatment in Israel . In August the Health Ministry denied that Erekat was on a shortlist to receive a

Saëb Erekat, secretary general of the PLO, announced on October 8 that he had been infected with the coronavirus.

His health is all the more fragile since he underwent a lung transplant in 2017 in the United States.

Member of Fatah, the most powerful faction of the PLO, Saëb Erekat has been for thirty years now one of the best known representatives of the Palestinians, especially abroad.

He is one of the closest advisers to President Mahmoud Abbas after having already held high office during Yasser Arafat's time.

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