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Israeli financial markets reacted swiftly to the news that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was in critical condition after suffering a major stroke. The Tel Aviv stock market opened sharply lower as the 77-year-old-leader was still undergoing emergency surgery at a Jerusalem hospital.
JERUSALEM - As the Sabbath descended on the Jewish state, the vigil for Ariel Sharon became increasingly somber. The 77-year-old Israeli leader's family and aides grimly remained at the hospital, and dozens of e-mailed prayers from around the world were stuck into the cracks of the Western Wall, one of Jerusalem's holiest shrines. Some Israelis watched nonstop TV broadcasts, waiting for
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Israeli ministers said it was ``business as usual'' for the government as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remained in critical condition after three operations to stop bleeding in his brain.
JERUSALEM : Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a new brain scan on Saturday, a spokesman for the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem said. "It was planned in advance. It does not mean something has happened," Ron Krumer told AFP.
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