The secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, was transported this Sunday to an Israeli hospital in Tel Aviv due to covid-19.
“Due to the chronic health problems it faces in the respiratory system, the condition now requires medical attention in a hospital,” said the PLO, quoted by the news agency Efe.
On October 9, 65-year-old Erekat announced that he had tested positive for the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus. Days earlier, the official had been in a meeting with the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, 84, whose test was negative.
Erekat, former head of Palestinian negotiators and architect of the Oslo Accords (1993-1995) with Israel, suffered a heart attack in 2012 and received a lung transplant in 2017.
Hanan Ashrawi, 74, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, 74, also contracted the coronavirus about a week ago, which led to the suspension of his official commitments.