Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is suffering from a lung infection and could remain in hospital for several days، Palestinian medics and officials said on Monday، Reuters reported.
Abbas، 82، was admitted to hospital for the third time in less than a week on Sunday in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Doctors initially said that the veteran leader had entered the hospital for medical tests after ear surgery five days earlier. But on Monday night they said he had a lung infection.
“Medical tests and X-rays showed the presence of inflammation in the right lung. Treatment began by giving the necessary medication،” Dr. Saed al-Sarahneh، medical director of the private al-Istishari medical center in Ramallah، told Palestine television.
“He is now responding to the treatment quickly and is recovering،” the doctor said.
The veteran leader allowed himself to be filmed by Palestine television on Monday night، after nearly 36 hours in the hospital.
Abbas did not speak in the brief filmed clip that was broadcast Monday night، and his appearance after two days of rumors appeared to be an attempt to address questions about his health and the future of the Palestinian leadership.
Images released by Abbas’ office showed him sitting in bed reading a newspaper and walking unassisted through the corridor of the hospital in a blue dressing gown flanked by a doctor، family and aides.
After two days of sparse updates from medical officials، a series of long-time associates and colleagues visited Abbas on Monday، emerging to give uniformly upbeat assessments of his condition.
“I visited President Abbas in hospital tonight. He suffers from pneumonia and is treated with antibiotics،” Ahmed Tibi، an Arab legislator in the Israeli parliament، said on Twitter.