Abbas Hospitalized Six Times in Recent Weeks

U.K. papers reports medical personnel in Jordanian hospital were instructed not to disclose Abbas' treatment.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized several times in Amman over the past three months, the London-based newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi reported yesterday.

Abbas, 75, was reportedly admitted to hospital six times in the Jordanian capital in recent weeks. The entire hospital wing was closed each time the Palestinian leader was admitted, and medical personnel were instructed not to disclose the treatment administered.

The report did not state the reason for Abbas' hospitalization, but speculated that it is possible he is receiving treatment for heart problems. Unconfirmed reports have stated that Abbas received treatment for heart troubles before leaving for a diplomatic trip to Egypt three days ago.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Abbas' office, firmly rejected the reports that the Palestinian president is receiving treatment for a heart condition. Abbas underwent treatment for prostate cancer eight years ago.