Israel's Peres improves but remains critically ill after stroke

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Ramat Gan (Israel) (AFP)

Former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres showed some improvement but remained in critical condition Wednesday after he suffered a major stroke, his hospital said.

"He is still in a critical condition, stable, but we can see some improvement," Yitzhak Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Centre at Tel HaShomer in Ramat Gan, told reporters outside the hospital near Tel Aviv.

The 93-year-old was still sedated and breathing with a respirator, but doctors were seeking to reduce sedation to evaluate him and he was occasionally awake, Kreiss said.