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DEVELOPING STORY: FORMER ISRAELI PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES SUFFERS STROKE 'CRITICAL BUT STABLE'


Shimon Peres Israeli former president is in intensive care after suffering from stroke, says medical officials.

Peres, 93, is in an induced coma and breathing with the help of a respirator

Doctors at the Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, where he is being treated said former president Peres was "in a critical condition but stable."

The head of the medical centre said "the stroke had caused "lots of bleeding,".

Shimon Peres' son Chemi, said the family was going through some "difficult hours"

"I'm optmistic. I'm a great believer in my father. He's a unique person. And I pray that with all my heart, together with my family, that things will improve from this time on," he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted "Shimon, we love you and the entire nation is wishing for your recovery."