Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s health worsens 10 days after first announcing he contracted coronavirus.

Erekat is also one of the most senior advisers to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [File: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has been taken by ambulance to a hospital in Israel, more than a week after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Witnesses said the 65-year-old was on a stretcher on Sunday when he was placed inside an Israeli ambulance outside his home in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank.

Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), disclosed on October 8 he had fallen ill with COVID-19. His condition has since worsened and the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department said in a statement Erekat “now requires medical

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