Palestine's Abbas staying in hospital

Palestine's Abbas staying in hospital

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's condition was improving and he could leave hospital as early as Tuesday, a senior official and a medical source said.

Abbas, 83, was admitted to the Istishari Arab Hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Sunday with complications following an ear operation.

He was awake and his condition was improving on Monday, a senior official said on condition of anonymity. A medical source confirmed Abbas was getting better.

Senior official Saeb Erekat downplayed fears about his condition late Sunday.

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

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

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