Israeli president lays wreath to coffin of ex-PM Sharon
                     English.news.cn | 2014-01-12 19:06:42 | Editor: chengyang
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Israeli President Shimon Peres lays a wreath to the coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the entrance square of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) in Jerusalem, on Jan. 12, 2014. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,a controversial figure that altered the course of the Middle East, died at a hospital near Tel Aviv in central Israel at the age of 85. (Xinhua/Li Rui)

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BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,a controversial figure that altered the course of the Middle East, died at a hospital near Tel Aviv in central Israel at the age of 85.

Sharon had been in a coma for eight years ever since he suffered a stroke in January 2006, but his health conditions deteriorated last week, which resulted in a multi-system organ failure. Full story

Ex-Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies at hospital at 85

TEL AVIV, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died on Saturday at the age of 85, the director of the Rehabilitation Hospital at the Sheba Medical center confirmed at a press conference in the hospital.

"The Sheba Medical Center sadly announces the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon," Prof. Shlomo Noy told reporters. Full story

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