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 mentioned.
Witnesses mentioned 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 also 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 continual 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 mentioned in a press release.
Medical facility not recognized
It mentioned he could be handled at a hospital in Tel Aviv however didn’t determine the power.
A member of Fatah, essentially the most highly effective faction throughout the PLO, Erekat has been one of the high-profile faces of the Palestinian management for many years, particularly to worldwide audiences.
Erekat can also be one of the senior advisers to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and served in prime 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 in the course of the U.S. presidency of George H.W. Bush, when Erekat was a part of the PLO staff.
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 conflict.