Palestinian Leader Abbas Leaves Hospital After Weeklong Stay

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shown recovering in hospital and reading a newspaper on the back page of which is a cartoon portraying an Israeli soldier poisoning a Palestinian baby, May 22, 2018. . (Wafa news agency)
Wafa news agency

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been discharged from a West Bank hospital after his latest health scare.

Abbas was released on Monday, more than a week after he was hospitalized for fever and pneumonia. The lengthy stay has drawn new attention to the 83-year-old Palestinian leader’s health problems and his refusal to name a deputy or a successor.

Abbas was hospitalized on May 20 with a fever, just days after undergoing ear surgery. Palestinian officials said he had pneumonia and was on a respirator, receiving antibiotics intravenously.

Abbas’ allies have insisted he is in good health, but his release was repeatedly pushed back.

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