Israel's PM recovering from surgery

Aug. 11, 2013 at 5:56 AM
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JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is recovering and in good condition after undergoing surgery for an umbilical hernia Sunday, doctors said.

"Approximately three hours ago Prime Minister Netanyahu's surgery ended successfully. The surgery ran for an hour as planned. At the end of surgery Netanyahu was taken to the recovery unit where he is currently resting," Israel Radio quoted Dr. Yuval Weiss the director of Haddasah Hospital saying at a press conference.

If all goes according to plan, Netanyahu is expected to be discharged from hospital later in the day and resume his official duties by the end of the week, the radio report said.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was appointed acting prime minister for several hours, after the move was approved by ministers over the telephone Saturday night, the report said.

Netanyahu, 63, complained of abdominal pains Saturday and after being examined by his personal physician Dr. Tzvi Berkovich and surgeon Aryeh Dorst. He was diagnosed with a suspected umbilical hernia. A CT scan at the hospital confirmed their diagnosis and early Sunday Netanyahu underwent surgery, the report said.

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