Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pictured in hospital

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Photos on Monday showed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in hospital walking unaided, reading a newspaper and seemed like he was in good health.

Abbas, hospitalized three times in the last week, will remain in hospital at least one more night, a senior Palestinian official said on Monday, though little information was given about the veteran leader's condition.


The hospital visits by Abbas, 82, have raised inevitable questions about his health and the future of the Palestinian leadership.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pictured in hospital
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pictured in hospital

Abbas underwent minor ear surgery last Tuesday but went back into al-Istishari Hospital in Ramallah briefly overnight on Saturday/Sunday. He was then rushed back later that day, for what doctors described only as “medical tests”.

One Palestinian official in Ramallah said on Sunday there had been complications following the ear surgery and that Abbas was running a fever. The same day a source at al-Istishari hospital said his condition was unrelated to the ear operation and that he had being given antibiotics to treat an inflammation in the chest.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa put out a report on Monday afternoon giving no details of Abbas' health. It said only that Abbas had received a phone call from the secretary of the Arab League who "checked on the president's health and wished him good health and strength."

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