Remember this? April 2013

Remember this?  In the very beginning of April [in fact, on April 1st], Salam Fayyad was taken to Ramallah Hospital for the second time in recent months — this time, for abdominal pain.   He was said to have been diagnosed with an inflamed pancreas.  [This can be due to gall bladder infection, whose acute symptoms can initially resemble a heart attack, and Fayyad did previously have a heart attack two years ago. Fayyad stayed in the hospital for three days -- though this was not covered in the news, and few people even asked about it... perhaps because one of Fayyad's chief aides told the media that Fayyad left the hospital on the first day...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited him on the first day, despite reported work tensions between the two men:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits his PM Salam Fayyad in Ramallah hospital

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits his PM Salam Fayyad in Ramallah hospital

The photo was taken by Thaer Ganaim [APA Agency] and — to put it into context – it’s posted by Electronic Intifada, here, in it’s This Month in Pictures feature for April 2013.

Fayyad then insisted — despite the intervention of the U.S. Secretary of State John Kelly — on handing in his resignation to Abbas, who received Fayyad, drank tea with him, and accepted the resignation on 13 April…

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