– Israel’s Sharon Dies at 85 (Voice of America, Jan 11, 2014):
JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died at the age of 85 years after a lengthy illness.
The death of Israel’s long-serving political and military leader, Sharon, was announced by an official at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Shlomo Noy.
“The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer announces in sorrow that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has passed away. His death was determined an hour ago. Mr. Sharon was treated for over seven years in the medical center rehabilitation hospital…. Today he departed peacefully with his wife and family at his side.”
Sharon had been in a coma following a stroke eight years ago. His condition began to deteriorate several weeks ago although doctors said he fought back valiantly.
Ministers in the Israeli government issued statements mourning his death and praising him as a great defender of the Jewish state.
Palestinian leaders noted his passing without regret saying he was responsible for many deaths and much suffering among their people.