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Hospital: Ariel Sharon's Health 'Critical'

The head of the hospital treating former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon says he is now in critical condition.

Zeev Rotstein of Tel Hashomer hospital told reporters Thursday that Mr. Sharon's life is in danger with declining function in several vital organs.



"Mr. Ariel Sharon, who's hospitalised in our hospital for the last seven years, shows some signs of deterioration during the following two days, with some critical misfunction or malfunction of some of his organs, including his kidneys. He is under, I would say, our treatment, but we feel that the situation is critical and some danger is expected for his life."



The 85-year-old has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006.

Mr. Sharon was one of Israel's most iconic and controversial figures. In mid-2005, he directed a unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, ending a 38-year military control of the territory. It was a shocking turnaround for a man who had been a leading player in building Jewish settlements in captured territories.

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