Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Israel on Sunday for therapy of a worsening case of COVID-19, the Palestine Liberation Group stated.

Witnesses stated Erekat, 65, was on a stretcher when he was positioned inside an Israeli ambulance exterior his residence in Jericho, within the occupied West Financial institution. Erekat, who can be secretary-general of the PLO, disclosed on Oct. eight that he had contracted the novel coronavirus.

There’s heightened concern over Erekat’s vulnerability to the sickness as a result of he underwent a lung transplant in the USA in 2017.

“Following his contraction of COVID-19, and as a result of power well being issues he faces within the respiratory system, Dr. Erekat’s situation now requires medical consideration in a hospital,” the PLO’s negotiations affairs division stated in an announcement.

Medical facility not recognized

It stated he can be handled at a hospital in Tel Aviv however didn’t establish the power.

A member of Fatah, essentially the most highly effective faction inside the PLO, Erekat has been one of the crucial high-profile faces of the Palestinian management for many years, particularly to worldwide audiences.

Erekat can be one of the crucial senior advisers to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and served in high positions underneath Abbas’s predecessor, Yasser Arafat.

His negotiating days date again to the earliest public negotiations with Israel in 1991 on the Madrid Convention through the U.S. presidency of George H.W. Bush, when Erekat was a part of the PLO workforce.

A proponent of a two-state answer of the Israeli-Palestinian battle, Erekat has been a number one Palestinian voice in opposing Israel’s settlement coverage in territory it captured within the 1967 Center East warfare.


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