Palestinian Islamic Jihad Leader Hospitalized in Beirut After Stroke, Poison Not Denied or Confirmed

Published April 10th, 2018 - 02:28 GMT
Ramadan Shallah was taken to the Rasoul al-Aazam Hospital after suffering a stroke, and he is in critical condition. (AFP/ File Photo)
Ramadan Shallah was taken to the Rasoul al-Aazam Hospital after suffering a stroke, and he is in critical condition. (AFP/ File Photo)

The Beirut-based secretary-general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad was Tuesday rushed to a hospital in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, a security source said.

“Ramadan Shallah was taken to the Rasoul al-Aazam Hospital after suffering a stroke, and he is in critical condition,” the source said.

“Hezbollah is overseeing [Shallah’s] situation,” the source added.

A statement released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad said that Shallah had undergone an operation but was “stable and under medical supervision.”

Rumors that the Palestinian leader could have been poisoned circulated immediately following Shallah’s hospitalization, but the PIJ statement did not confirm or deny these reports.

In 2006, two members of PIJ, Mahmoud Majzoub and his brother Nidal, were killed in Sidon when a bomb planted in a vehicle detonated as they passed by.

Israel was widely suspected of being behind that attack.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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