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Ex-Israeli President Shimon Peres (93) is hit by stroke

By Ian Deitch

Published 14/09/2016

Ex-Israeli president Shimon Peres
Ex-Israeli president Shimon Peres

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.

His office said doctors sedated the 93-year-old and placed him on a respirator. Mr Peres, who is expected to undergo a CT scan, is said to be in a serious condition.

Israeli TV stations, citing hospital officials, said Mr Peres was suffering bleeding to the brain.

Earlier this year Mr Peres was twice taken to hospital for heart problems but quickly released.

Mr Peres has held virtually every senior political office in Israel in a seven-decade career, including three terms as prime minister and stints as foreign minister and finance minister.

He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an interim peace agreement with the Palestinians.

As President, a largely ceremonial office, he cultivated an elder statesman image and became a popular fixture at international conferences such as the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Mr Peres has remained active since completing his seven-year term as Head of State in 2014, and is one of the country's most popular figures. He often hosts public events at his peace centre, bringing together Arabs and Jews to promote co-existence.

In a message posted on Facebook, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Mr Peres a speedy recovery.

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