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Palestinian official Saeb Erekat ‘in critical condition’
19 October 2020, 19:14
Mr Erekat has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognisable faces over the past 30 years, serving as their senior negotiator during peace talks.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat is in a critical condition and breathing with a ventilator due to Covid-19, according to the Israeli hospital treating him.
Hadassah Medical Centre described Mr Erekat’s case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed three years ago.
It said he suffered from a weak immune system and a bacterial infection in addition to Covid-19.
It added Mr Erekat, 65, was sedated and that its most senior doctors were consulting with international experts on how best to manage such a complicated case.
Mr Erekat has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognisable faces over the past 30 years, serving as their senior negotiator during on-again, off-again peace talks.
He was also a top aide to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
A fluent English speaker, Western-educated Mr Erekat also makes frequent appearances in the media.
He was transferred to Hadassah on Sunday at the request of the Palestinian Authority.