Middle East

Israel's Shimon Peres rushed to hospital with chest pains

A spokeswoman for Israel's former president Shimon Peres says he has been rushed to hospital following chest pains.

Ayelet Frisch told Israel Army Radio that Peres fell ill Thursday morning at his home. She said that after a check-up found changes to his heart rate, he was sent by ambulance to a hospital near Tel Aviv.

Frisch says Peres is conscious and was communicating. She says "we hope to have good news."

Peres, 92, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 following the signing of a peace accord with the Palestinians. He completed his seven year term as president in 2014 and is still in the public eye. He remains active through his Peres Center for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews.