Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee and the chief Palestinian negotiator died Tuesday at 65 after contracting COVID-19, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah Movement said in a press statement.
The movement said in an official statement that it mourns Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, who died on Tuesday from coronavirus.
The statement said that Erekat died while receiving treatment at the Israeli (Hadassah) Hospital, which he had been treating for about three weeks, after suffering health complications due to his infection with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the official Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) said in an official statement that President Abbas mourned Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee. Enditem
The statement said that Abbas Erekat mourned and declared flags at half-mast for three days to mourn Erekat’s departure.
Erekat, who died at the age of 65, suffered from severe lung disease several years ago and had previously had a lung transplant in a United States hospital on September 2017.
Erekat was born on April 28, 1955, in the Abu Dis neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and was the sixth of seven children. He is survived by his wife and four children.
He has been the chief peace negotiator since 1996 and previously participated in the Oslo peace agreement signed by the PLO and Israel at the White House in Washington on September 13, 1993.