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Saeb Erekat taken to hospital as Covid-19 condition worsens

Ramallah (QNN)- Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat was taken by ambulance to a hospital on Sunday for treatment of a worsening case of Covid-19, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said.

“Following his contraction of Covid-19, and due to the chronic health problems he faces in the respiratory system, Dr. Erekat’s condition now requires medical attention in a hospital,” the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department said in a statement.

Erekat, who tested positive earlier this month, has been a key negotiator in talks with the occupation state for many years.

He was one of the architects of the Oslo Accords, a series of agreements signed by the occupation state and the PLO in the 1990s.

His brother Saber Erekat told AFP news agency: “His situation is not good.”

Israeli media reported that the PLO requested that Erekat transferred to Hadasah hospital in the occupied capital city of Jerusalem but the Israelis still examining the request.

Erekat underwent a lung transplant in the United States in 2017, so there is heightened concern over his vulnerability to the disease.

He had previously said that although of being sick, he did not stop working. “I did not take a leave because I wasn’t tired or because I wasn’t scared”, Erekat said. “I would like to tell you all that I’m proud of every moment of all those years.”

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