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Abbas in ‘excellent’ health: Palestinian official

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seen during his meeting with Palestinian senior leaders at the Presidency building in Ramallah, West Bank on December 18, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seen during his meeting with Palestinian senior leaders at the Presidency building in Ramallah, West Bank on December 18, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

A Palestinian official on Sunday denied Israeli reports that President Mahmoud Abbas’s health condition was deteriorating.

“Abbas is an excellent health condition,” Mahmoud Ismail, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s executive committee, told reporters.

The Palestinian leader arrived in Amman on Friday for medical check-ups, but Ismail described the planned checks as “routine”.

“The president conducts checkups every time he arrives in Amman. There is no problem in doing this,” he said.

Israeli media reported Saturday that Abbas was in a deteriorating health condition, a claim dismissed by Ismail.

“There is a psychological warfare staged by Israel to give the impression that the president was not OK,” he said.

“All these reports are lies and fabrications,” he insisted.

Last month, Abbas made medical checks during his visit to the US, sparking speculations about his health conditions.

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