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Israeli police said, on Sunday evening, that the Chinese ambassador, who was found dead in his home, died of a heart attack, but the announcement did not appear to be sufficient for Beijing, which decided to send an investigation team to Israel.
On Sunday, the Israeli authorities announced that Chinese Ambassador Du Wei, 58, had been found dead in his apartment in the Herzliya suburb, north of Tel Aviv, according to Sky News.
The police opened an investigation into the death, although it initially said that there was no evidence of an intentional accident.
According to the Israeli newspaper “Haaretz”, medical experts estimated that the ambassador died during his sleep as a result of a heart attack.
The diplomat was appointed to Tel Aviv in late February, that is, three months ago. He lived in Israel alone at his home, while his wife and son lived in China.
The newspaper “Yediot Aharonot” said that he asked the ambassador to isolate himself for 14 days upon his arrival in Israel, amid growing fears of an outbreak of the Corona virus.
In a related context, Beijing decided to send a team to Israel to investigate the circumstances of the death of its ambassador.
Israeli media said that the Chinese team will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival, as is the practice with foreigners coming from abroad.
The team is expected to conduct an internal investigation into the death, as well as to complete arrangements for the transfer of the body to China, and to coordinate the activities of the embassy.
According to Haaretz, the team will leave Beijing on Monday en route to Tel Aviv.
The initial announcement that the death was natural did not prevent the circulation of talk of a conspiracy, especially since the death of the Chinese ambassador came days after the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Israel.
Washington leaders have called for limiting Chinese investment in giant Israeli projects, such as the port of Haifa, which is being used by the US Navy.
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