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David Ben-Gurion

Israel's Shimon Peres rushed to hospital with chest pains

Israel's former President Shimon Peres was rushed to a hospital after experiencing chest pains, just a week after suffering a mild heart attack, his spokeswoman said Sunday night.

The 92-year-old statesman had been discharged from a hospital last Tuesday.

Medics treated Peres at his home and detected an "irregular heartbeat" after conducting an EKG test, spokeswoman Ayelet Frisch said. "Due to the diagnosis, his doctors decided that the 9th President will spend the night in hospital for observation and testing," she said.

Later Sunday, Peres' personal physician, Rafi Walden, said that "to be on the safe side we took him to the hospital where...