Palestinian leader’s health apparently improving in hospital

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is suffering from pneumonia but his condition is improving, officials said late on May 21, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Palestinian leader’s health apparently improving in hospital

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making a swift recovery in hospital from his latest health troubles.
His office released a photo and a brief video clip late on Monday showing him walking in the hospital hallway, dressed in a blue bathrobe and flanked by aides. Another photo showed him sitting and reading a newspaper in Ramallah's Istishari Hospital. Independent media outlets were banned from entering the hospital.
Abbas was hospitalized on Sunday with a fever, just days after undergoing ear surgery. Palestinian officials said he had pneumonia and was on a respirator, receiving antibiotics intravenously.
Top aide Saeb Erekat said Abbas was in "very good health" after spending several hours visiting the Palestinian leader and said he should be released within days. Erekat said Abbas was taking antibiotics and responding well to his treatment.
It was the latest health scare for the 83-year-old, who has had health problems in the past but never designated a deputy or successor. His sudden hospitalization has revived anxiety over a potentially chaotic or even bloody succession battle that could further weaken the Palestinian cause.
Abbas, who is a heavy smoker and overweight, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart trouble to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago. Two years ago, he underwent an emergency heart procedure after suffering exhaustion and chest pains.
More recently, a cardiologist moved into the presidential compound in Ramallah to monitor the longtime leader after a mysterious hospital visit in the United States, following Abbas' address to the United Nations Security Council, in which he appeared weak.


Iraqi police surrounds the office of Hezbollah in Baghdad after clashes wound 3: AFP

Updated 20 June 2018
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Iraqi police surrounds the office of Hezbollah in Baghdad after clashes wound 3: AFP

BAGHDAD: Iraqi police surrounded the Baghdad headquarters of the pro-Iran Hezbollah Brigades militia Wednesday, after an armed clash with law enforcement left three people wounded, an interior ministry source said.
The Hezbollah Brigades, part of the Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary units that fought the Daesh group in Iraq, is also fighting on the side of Bashar Assad in Syria independent of the authorities in Baghdad.

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