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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in critical condition after being in a coma for over eight years.
His condition has greatly deteriorated over the last two days, according to the Associated Press. His kidneys are suffering from critical malfunction.
Sharon fell into a coma in 2006 after a stroke. Doctors at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv have been keeping close watch, and his family is at his bedside.
Sharon, 85, has been known for his policies in the Gaza Strip. An ex-general, Ariel Sharon earned a reputation for being bold and unflinching. Israelis have often been skeptical of his tactical moves. In 2005, he made the uncommon decision to pull Israeli troops and settlers out of the Gaza Strip.
"He was a bulldozer who got things done," according to Dedi Cohen, a 38-year-old lawyer. He told Reuters, “I know he was controversial, but he had values. He stood for something. That's missing today," Cohen said.
Sharon’s two sons are at his bedside, and funeral preparations with the state are planned.
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