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Aide: Palestinian leader making swift recovery in hospital

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is alert and making a swift recovery after being hospitalized with a fever over the weekend and should be released within days, an aide and a hospital doctor said Monday.

Saeb Erekat said Abbas is in "very good health" after spending several hours visiting the Palestinian leader in a Ramallah hospital Monday.

"He's recovering and doctors expect him to leave the hospital within the coming two days," Erekat said.

Dr. Said Sarahneh, the medical director of Ramallah's Istishari Hospital, said Abbas had been diagnosed with pneumonia and responded to treatment quickly.

Later Monday, Abbas' office released a...