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Israel's former leader Shimon Peres, 92, taken to hospital with chest pains

Published 24/01/2016

Shimon Peres pictured during a meeting with David Cameron
Shimon Peres pictured during a meeting with David Cameron

Israel's former president Shimon Peres has been rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains, his personal assistant said.

Ayelet Frisch said medics treated the 92-year-old at his home on Sunday night and detected a "light irregular heart rate".

She said the doctors decided he should spend the night in hospital for observation.

Mr Peres was discharged from hospital last week after suffering a mild heart attack.

Mr Peres completed his seven-year term as president in 2014. He remains active through his non-governmental Peres Centre for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews.

In a seven-decade political career, Mr Peres served three stints as prime minister.

Mr Peres won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 following the signing of the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians.

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