Comatose Ariel Sharon to be brought home

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in coma for nearly five years, is expected to be transferred to his home and cared for by his family, Israeli media said on Wednesday.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in coma for nearly five years, is expected to be transferred to his home and cared for by his family, Israeli media said on Wednesday.

Sharon has been in intensive care in a hospital after a massive stroke. Israeli police will escort the car with the former premier from the Sheba Medical Center to his Sycamore Ranch in southern Israel.

Media say that all needed equipment has been set up in Sharon's house. Medical experts will over the next several days watch and decide if Sharon is receiving adequate medical care at home.

Sharon, 82, had a severe stroke five months after he took a new strategy pulling out all Jewish settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation.

Inter-Palestinian rivalry is a major obstacle hampering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Hamas, which has refused to recognize Israel's right to exist and reserves the right to use violence in its struggle to create a Palestinian state, has denounced the direct peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The talks, which resumed in early September after an almost two-year hiatus, are now under threat from the issue of ongoing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.

TEL AVIV, November 10 (RIA Novosti)

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