Middle East

Israeli doctor: Peres is fine after being rushed to hospital

A doctor treating 92-year-old former Israeli President Shimon Peres says he is "doing great" after spending the night in hospital.

Peres was rushed to hospital on Sunday night with chest pains, days after he suffered a mild heart attack.

Doctors detected an irregular heart rate and Peres was monitored in hospital overnight as a precaution.

Peres' personal physician Raphi Walden told Israeli Army Radio on Monday that Peres' heart rate had returned to normal. He says it's not yet clear when Peres would be discharged.

Peres, a Noble Peace Prize laureate, completed his seven-year term as president in 2014. He remains active through his non-governmental Peres Center for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews.

In his seven-decade political career, Peres also served three brief stints as prime minister.