Israeli former President, Shimon Peres dies aged 93

Israeli former President, Shimon Peres
Israeli former President, Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, who served twice as Israel’s prime minister and once as president, has died at the age of 93.

Peres suffered a stroke two weeks ago. His condition had improved before a sudden deterioration on Tuesday.

His son Chemi led tributes to “one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel” who “worked tirelessly” for it.

World figures are expected to attend his funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, including US President Barack Obama, Prince Charles and Pope Francis.
Mr Peres was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation’s birth in 1948.

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