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TUNISIA: Saudi official says Ben Ali condition 'grave'

February 17, 2011 | 12:48 pm

Benali A Saudi source spoke with Al Jazeera television Thursday about the condition of exiled former Tunisian President Zine al Abidine ben Ali.

Ben Ali reportedly has been in a coma since he was driven out of Tunisia by a popular revolt Jan. 14 and sought refuge in Saudi Arabia.

The source told Al Jazeera that Ben Ali was in "grave condition" Thursday in a Saudi hospital.

--Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Former Tunisian President Zine el Abidine ben Ali Nov. 29 at the opening session of the third Africa-EU summit in Tripoli,  the Libyan capital. Ben Ali has reportedly been in a coma for more than a month after fleeing his country. Credit: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

 

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