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Former Israeli PM Sharon 'critically ill'

Updated: 2014-01-03 08:35
By Agencies in Tel Aviv ( China Daily)

Former Israeli prime minister and ex-general Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since a stroke in 2006, slipped closer to death on Thursday after a sharp decline his health.

Reviled by Arabs for his hardline policies and viewed with a mixture of respect and suspicion by many Israelis, 85-year-old Sharon has been on life support at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv for the past eight years, far from the public gaze.

"I am no prophet, but the feeling of his doctors and his sons ... is that there has been a change for the worse," Sheba director Zeev Rotstein said.

Former Israeli PM Sharon 'critically ill'