PA chief Abbas still hospitalized

PLO spokesman downplays hospitalization of PA chief, but says no plans yet to discharge aging PA leader from hospital.

AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas remained hospitalized Monday, a spokeswoman said, a day after being admitted with complications following an ear operation.

On Sunday, Abbas was rushed to Istishari Arab Hospital outside of Ramallah, after he complained of chest pains and a high fever.

The 82-year-old PA leader has been hospitalized two other times over the past week. On Tuesday, Abbas was hospitalized for “minor surgery”, before being released later that day.

On Saturday, Abbas was again hospitalized for complications relating to the surgery. After being released, the PA chief was rushed back to the hospital on Sunday.

A hospital spokeswoman claimed on Monday that Abbas was doing well, but said there was no timeframe for his discharge.

Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Saeb Erekat downplayed fears about Abbas’ condition late Sunday.

"The president is suffering from an inflammation of the ear that developed following the operation he undertook recently," Erekat told AFP.

A source familiar with Abbas’ condition had earlier said he was suffering from chest pain and a high fever.

In February, Abbas underwent what was then described as routine medical tests in the United States.