Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead at home in Tel Aviv: Officials

Du Wei, 58, was appointed envoy in February in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

Du had undergone a 14-day home quarantine on arrival in Israel because of the new coronavirus outbreak, according to an interview with local media in May.

The Chinese ambassador to Israel was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday (May 17), Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

No cause of death was given and Israeli police said it was investigating.

Du Wei, 58, was appointed envoy in February in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. He previously served as China’s envoy to Ukraine.

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He is survived by a wife and son, both of whom were not in Israel.

Israel enjoys good relations with China.

The Haaretz daily said initial reports said staff had found Du dead in his bed and that there were no signs of violence.

It quoted Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom as saying the cause of death appeared to be a cardiac incident reported Reuters.

Du had undergone a 14-day home quarantine on arrival in Israel because of the new coronavirus outbreak, according to an interview with local media in May.

The ambassador’s death comes just two days after he condemned comments by visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who denounced Chinese investments in Israel and accused China of hiding information about the coronavirus outbreak.

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