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Palestinian Leader Abbas Hospitalized in Jordan


Palestinian officials say Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has undergone a heart procedure at a hospital in Jordan.

Officials said Wednesday Mr. Abbas would only remain briefly at the hospital.

Reports say the Palestinian leader underwent an angioplasty, or procedure aimed at opening clogged heart arteries to increase the blood flow to his heart.

He is expected to return to the Palestinian territories Thursday.

Mr. Abbas met last week at the White House with President Bush, who reaffirmed his support for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Mr. Bush also offered 50 million dollars for housing and construction in the Gaza Strip after Israel pulls out in August.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.