Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon 'critically ill'
2 January 2014 Last updated at 21:10 GMT
The condition of Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - who has been in a coma since 2006 - has worsened and is now critical, according to doctors.
Mr Sharon, 85, is suffering from a malfunction of several organs including the kidneys, they said.
The BBC's Kevin Connolly has more details about Mr Sharon's impact during his time in politics.