Top Palestine spokesman Saeb Erekat dies of Covid
Saeb Erekat, 65, one of the most experienced and high-profile spokesmen for the Palestinian cause over decades of dispute with Israel, died on Tuesday after contracting Covid-19, his family said. He was 65.
“With hearts full of sorrow and pain, and with patience, Erekat’s clan everywhere mourns to the Palestinian Arab people and to the Arab and Muslim nation Saeb Erekat,” his extended family clan posted on Facebook.
Fluent in English as well as his native Arabic, he was a high-profile spokesman for Palestinian leaders such as Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas.
Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, confirmed on October 8 that he had contracted the coronavirus. Three years earlier he had undergone a lung transplant in the US that left his immune system compromised.
He died after being hospitalised for weeks in Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Centre. The family said he had died from “complications resulting from contracting coronavirus”.