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Arab lawmaker dies from heart attack in Israel

Arab Israeli lawmaker Said al-Harumi on 2 March 2020 [HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images]
Arab Israeli lawmaker Said al-Harumi on 2 March 2020 [HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images]

An Arab Israeli lawmaker died from a heart attack in southern Israel today, according to a statement by his party.

Said Al-Harumi, 49, from the Ra'am Party, was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack but he was pronounced dead, local media outlets reported.

"May God have mercy on Said and guide him in peace. We extend our condolences to Said's family and the people of the Negev," the party said in a statement.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog, along with other Israeli officials, offered their condolences to his family and community.

Al-Harumi represents the Bedouin community in the Negev area in southern Israel. He served as the head of the Knesset's Interior and Environmental Protection Committee.

Before being elected to the Knesset, Al-Harumi was an active member in the Islamic movement in southern Israel.

Al-Harumi is expected to be replaced in the Knesset by Iman Khatib-Yasin, a former lawmaker who became the first hijab-wearing member in the Israeli Knesset.

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