Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said on Sunday, giving conflicting accounts of the leader’s condition.
It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalized in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was hospitalized again briefly overnight on Saturday/Sunday, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.
One Palestinian official said Abbas went back into hospital again on Sunday due to complications after Tuesday’s ear surgery. Abbas’ temperature was high, he said, “so doctors advised that he go back into hospital.”
However, a source at al-Istishari hospital in Ramallah said the president’s condition was unrelated to the ear operation.
“The president will stay in hospital until tomorrow. He is being given antibiotics to treat an inflammation in the chest,” the hospital source said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he or she was not authorized to speak with the media.
Abbas’ hospitalization has coincided with an escalation in Israeli-Palestinian tensions after Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian rioters on the Gaza border on May 14 as the new U.S. embassy opened in Jerusalem.
In February, Abbas was hospitalized in the United States for medical checks during a trip to address the UN Security Council in New York.