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Key events in the life of Ariel Sharon

Here is a timeline of key events in the life of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon who died on Saturday aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma. - February 27, 1928: Born into a farming community just north of Tel Aviv in British mandate Palestine, to Belorussian immigrants. - 1945: Joins the Haganah, the pre-state Jewish militia which fought in the 1948 war that accompanied Israel's independence.

Ex-Israel premier Sharon dead at 85

Former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon died in hospital near Tel Aviv Saturday, aged 85, after eight years in a coma, drawing tributes from Israeli leaders but contempt from Palestinians. "The Sheba Medical Centre in Tel HaShomer announces with sorrow the passing of former prime minister Ariel Sharon that was determined approximately an hour ago," senior doctor Professor Shlomo Noy told a news conference at 1300 GMT.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon dies

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday at a hospital near Tel Aviv eight years after a stroke left him comatose, Israeli media reported. He was 85. The Jerusalem Post reported that Sharon died at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, days after his condition deteriorated dramatically. Sharon had been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke in January 2006 while in office. He entered politics in 1973 after a distinguished, if controversial, military career.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon dies

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday at a hospital near Tel Aviv eight years after a stroke left him comatose, Israeli media reported. He was 85. The Jerusalem Post reported that Sharon died at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, days after his condition deteriorated dramatically. Sharon had been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke in January 2006 while in office. He entered politics in 1973 after a distinguished, if controversial, military career.

African refugees stage mass protest in Jerusalem

More than 10,000 African asylum seekers held a mass demonstration outside the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on Wednesday, in a fourth straight day of protests over immigration policy, police said. "We are refugees, we need protection," shouted the crowd, which packed the open spaces around the Knesset, or parliament. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the demonstration as "calm" saying there were "more than 10,000" people present.

African refugees stage mass protest in Jerusalem

More than 10,000 African asylum seekers held a mass demonstration outside the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on Wednesday, in a fourth straight day of protests over immigration policy, police said. "We are refugees, we need protection," shouted the crowd, which packed the open spaces around the Knesset, or parliament. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the demonstration as "calm" saying there were "more than 10,000" people present.

Israel's Sharon in 'slow, gradual' decline

Israeli former prime minister Ariel Sharon's health was in "slow, gradual" decline on Friday, according to the hospital where he has been in a comatose state for eight years. It was the third straight day of reports that Sharon may be nearing death, with the 85-year-old's health worsening Wednesday as he suffered serious kidney problems after undergoing surgery.

Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon's 'vital organs' failing

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's health deteriorated further on Thursday, with his "vital organs" failing, said the hospital where he has been housed in a comatose state for eight years. "In the last few days, we have seen a gradual decline in the functioning of Ariel Sharon's vital organs, which are essential for his survival," Tel Hashomer hospital director Zeev Rotstein told public radio. "His state is classed as critical, meaning his life is in danger," Rotstein said.

Former Israeli leader Sharon's condition deteriorating: hospital

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, slipped closer to death on Thursday after a sharp decline in the condition of the ex-general who long symbolized Israel's military might. Reviled by Arabs over his hardline policies and viewed with a mixture of respect and suspicion by many Israelis, 85-year-old Sharon has been on life support at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv for the past eight years, far from the public gaze.

Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon's 'vital organs' failing

Israeli former prime minister Ariel Sharon's health deteriorated on Thursday, with his "vital organs" failing, said the hospital where he has been housed in a comatose state for eight years. "In the last few days, we have seen a gradual decline in the functioning of Ariel Sharon's vital organs, which are essential for his survival," Tel Hashomer hospital director Zeev Rotstein told Israeli public radio. "His state is classed as critical, meaning his life is in danger," Rotstein said.
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