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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ release from hospital is delayed

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ release from hospital is delayed

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ discharge from a hospital has been delayed, reports said Sunday.

The announcement came soon after Dr. Yasser Abu Safiyeh initially said Abbas, 83, would be discharged. No explanation was given for the sudden change in plans.

Abbas’ medical condition was not immediately clear Sunday. 

His hospitalization was prompted by a high fever that followed recent ear surgery, Palestinian officials said. They said Abbas had pneumonia, was on a respirator and received antibiotics intravenously.

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.

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