Middle East

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has heart attack

chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, file picture
Image caption Mr Erekat's condition is said to be stable

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has been admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack, medics say.

The 57-year-old is said to be in a stable condition after having surgery for a clot in an artery at Ramallah hospital in the West Bank.

He is to remain in hospital for three days for supervision, officials said.

Mr Erekat has been part of negotiations with Israel over Palestinian independence for the past two decades.

Mr Erekat's wife said he "woke at dawn with chest pains" and decided to go to the city's main hospital for a consultation.

"It turned out he had suffered a heart attack, so they performed an emergency catheterisation at hospital, which was successful," she told AFP news agency.