Chief Palestinian negotiator and senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official, Saeb Erekat has died after contracting Covid-19. He had received treatment for the virus at the Hadassah Hospital in Al Quds. Erekat was diagnosed with Covid-19 in early October.
Doctors announced yesterday that his condition had had become critical; he had been anaesthetised and put on a ventilator.
A longtime ally of former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas, Erekat was involved in every round of negotiations held between the Palestinian and Israeli governments since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.