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President Shimon Peres was taken to hospital last night after fainting on stage while speaking at an event in Tel Aviv.

Peres, 86, passed out while answering questions from the crowd at the Rabin Center, paramedics said. He regained consciousness on his own a few seconds later.

Peres initially refused to be taken to the hospital, and spent 25 minutes arguing with his aides.

He was ultimately taken to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, and agreed to spend the night.