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Israel: Netanyahu hospitalised with chest pains during Yom Kippur prayers

Ex-premier, who spent the night in hospital for observation after undergoing tests, was released on Thursday morning
Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 73, is running for re-election next month (AFP)

The former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem on Wednesday after suffering chest pains during Yom Kippur prayers at his synagogue.

Netanyahu, who spent the night in hospital for observation after undergoing tests, was released on Thursday morning and has resumed his schedule.

"He underwent a series of tests there which were normal. Now, he is feeling well," Netanyahu's office said in a statement. 

Netanyahu, 73, is running for re-election next month and Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Twitter wished his rival in the polls a "full and speedy recovery".

Israel's 1 November election will be its fifth vote in less than four years.

It could oust Lapid and see the return of Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving premier, who is on trial over corruption charges that he denies.

Lapid was the architect of a alliance that ended Netanyahu's record 12 consecutive years in power in 2021.

The latest opinion polls put Netanyahu's Likud party in front and set to take more than 30 seats in the 120-member parliament.

The polls suggest his right-wing bloc, which includes allies from ultra-Orthodox parties and the extreme right, is near the 61 seats needed for a majority.

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