Palestinian president in hospital for minor ear procedure

Abbas, a heavy smoker, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart troubles to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago.

15 May 2018 | 13:55

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 15 May 2018 | 13:55

This photo shows Chilea’s President Sebastian Pinera, left, preparing to shake hands with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas as they pose for photos during a welcoming ceremony at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo)

RAMALLAH, West Bank: The Palestinian state news agency has said the Palestinian president is in a hospital and set to undergo a minor ear operation.

The Wafa agency has said Tuesday that President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to be discharged from the Ramallah hospital later in the day.

The 83-year-old Abbas has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety about a battle over who will succeed the Palestinian leader.

Abbas, a heavy smoker, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart troubles to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago. Last summer, he underwent a health checkup at a Ramallah hospital and separately dispelled rumors he had suffered a stroke.

Abbas insists he is fine, but potential successors are quietly jockeying for position.



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