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Is­rael’s for­mer pres­i­dent and prime min­is­ter Shi­mon Peres is “in se­ri­ous con­di­tion” at a hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke, his of­fice said Tues­day.

Is­raeli me­dia said Peres was se­dated and on a res­pi­ra­tor at the Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Tel Hashomer, out­side Tel Aviv.

It was first re­ported that his con­di­tion was sta­ble and he was fully con­scious.

Ear­lier in Septem­ber, Peres re­ceived an pace­maker. He also suf­fered a mild heart at­tack in Jan­uary and surgery to open a blocked artery. Peres had been hos­pi­tal­ized twice af­ter suf­fer­ing chest pains, the Times of Is­rael re­ported.

Peres, 93, has held nearly every se­nior po­lit­i­cal of­fice in Is­rael over a 55-year po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

— Jes­sica Du­rando

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