Saeb Erekat: Key Palestinian negotiator dies of Covid-19 – BBC News

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One of the most prominent Palestinian political figures, Saeb Erekat, has died with Covid-19, officials say.

The 65-year-old passed away at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Erekat was secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Three days of mourning have been declared in the authority for the man who led peace talks with Israel for the past two and a half decades.

Erekat helped negotiate the landmark Oslo Accords in 1993, which created the authority and gave Palestinians limited self-governance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the first time since Israel occupied the territories in 1967.

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