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Former Israel president, Nobel laureate Shimon Peres dies at 93

world Updated: Sep 28, 2016 08:00 IST
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Former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres talks during a presentation of his biography book in Tel Aviv in this file photo. (Reuters Photo)

Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday aged 93, according to media reports.

Peres was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and had made some progress before a sudden deterioration in his condition on Tuesday.

The 93-year-old died at around 3:00am (0000 GMT), Rafi Walden, Peres’ son-in-law told AFP.

Details of when the funeral will take place were not initially available.

Peres was hospitalised near Tel Aviv since September 13 and was under sedation and respiratory support in intensive care.

Peres has held nearly every major office in Israel, serving twice as prime minister. He was also president, a mostly ceremonial role, from 2007 to 2014.

He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for his role in negotiating the Oslo Accords, which envisioned an independent Palestinian state.

The former hawk turned dove is widely respected both in Israel and abroad.

Israel's President, Shimon Peres, speaks during an address to the Jewish community of Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Reuters File Photo)

Born in Poland in 1923, Peres emigrated to what was then British-mandated Palestine when he was 11.

He joined the Zionist struggle and met David Ben-Gurion, who would become his mentor and Israel’s first prime minister.

Peres became director general of the nascent defence ministry at the age of 29.

Beyond his accomplishments in the public eye, he was also seen as a driving force in the development of Israel’s undeclared nuclear programme.

Peres once confided that the secret to his longevity was daily exercise, eating little and drinking one or two glasses of good wine.