Israel’s Peres in serious but stable condition after stroke

JERUSALEM (AP) — Doctors treating Shimon Peres say the former Israeli president has survived the night but remains in serious condition after suffering a major stroke.

Dr. Yitzhak Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, says Peres was in a medically induced coma Wednesday.

He said the bleeding in the brain had been halted and that Peres’ condition is “serious but stable.”

The 93-year-old Peres was rushed to hospital after feeling ill and quickly diagnosed to have suffered a stroke.

Peres is the elder statesman of Israeli politics, one of the country’s most admired symbols and the last surviving link to its founding fathers.

Over a seven-decade career, he’s held virtually every senior political office, including three stints as prime minister and extended terms as foreign, defense and finance minister.

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