Former Israeli president Shimon Peres suffers stroke

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has been rushed to a hospital near Tel Aviv following a stroke, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The 93-year-old, who suffered from a light heart attack in January, is breathing with the help of a respirator, the spokeswoman said. She added that his condition was stable and he was fully conscious.

He received a pacemaker last week and appeared to be in bad health at an appearance in July.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the hospital, saying the entire people of Israel are praying for Peres' recovery, the prime minister's office said.

Peres served as prime minister for eight months after the assassination of premier Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and for a brief term between 1984 and 1986, under a rotation agreement with Yitzhak Shamir.

He later was elected Israel's ninth president and served from 2007-14.

Widely respected abroad as a "warrior for peace," he shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for signing the 1993 interim Oslo peace accords.

Last update: Tue, 13/09/2016 - 22:24
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