Top Palestinian peace negotiator dies from Covid-19

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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, speaks during a press conference, following an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Palestinians are increasingly questioning their leaders’ strategy of reaching statehood through negotiations with Israel after more than two decades of failures. A majority believes that the “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer possible, despite pledges by President Donald Trump that he would try to broker a deal. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

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.

Credit: Raed Qutena/EPA/Shutterstock

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.

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