The Israeli “Hadassah Ein Karem” hospital in occupied Jerusalem announced the deterioration of the health of the Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, who was recently infected with the new Corona virus.
“Mr. Erekat spent a quiet night, but this morning there was a deterioration in his condition that was classified as critical, which caused shortness of breath … he was resuscitated and hypnotized,” the hospital said in a statement issued today, Monday.
The hospital statement added, “Erekat’s treatment is a great challenge, especially as he underwent a lung transplant that affects the immune system, and has a bacterial infection, in addition to the Corona virus.”
On the ninth of this month, the Palestine Liberation Organization announced that Erekat was infected with the virus, and he was transferred on Sunday for treatment in occupied Jerusalem.
The Organization’s Negotiations Affairs Department said in a brief statement on Sunday that Erekat was transferred for treatment “due to chronic health problems in his respiratory system,” and “because his condition requires special medical care and supervision.”
In 2017, the Secretary of the Organization, 65, underwent a lung transplant in a hospital in the United States, before resuming his activities.
It is noteworthy that the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, gave instructions to provide the necessary medical care to Erekat in Jordanian hospitals if his situation required it.
Erekat holds the position of Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and is described as close to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
He participated in several negotiations aimed at settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in recent weeks intensified statements opposing the normalization of relations between Israel and Gulf countries, in light of the absence of a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.