Abbas Said to Be Suffering From Pneumonia

22 May 2018

PA President Mahmoud Abbas is said to be suffering from pneumonia but his condition is improving. Late Monday, pictures of the Palestinian leader emerged showing him walking around a hospital in his robe.

Ahmed Tibi, an Arab Israeli lawmaker, said on Twitter that he “visited President Abbas in hospital tonight. He suffers from pneumonia and is treated with antibiotics,” and that Abbas’ condition had “markedly improved.”

A senior Palestinian official reported that Abbas’ condition was “good” and has improved considerably, a day after being hospitalized for the third time in a week. According to the official, Abbas is fully conscious and communicating with those around him, .

Since Abbas was hospitalized, reports of his condition have differed, some saying that he was on a respirator, receiving antibiotics intravenously, and/or suffering from chest pain. Abbas’ health scares have revived anxiety over a potentially chaotic and violent fight to choose his successor.

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