Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies at 93

Sept 28 (Reuters) - Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday age 93, according to media reports.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres pauses during a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, in this April 21, 2002 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files
Pope Francis (R) greets Israeli President Shimon Peres during a private meeting at the Vatican, in this April 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Ettore Ferrari/Pool/Files
President Nelson Mandela exchanges views with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres after their meeting in Cape Town, in this October 20, 1996 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Israeli President Shimon Peres (C) sits next to former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during celebrations marking Peres' 90th birthday in Jerusalem in this June 18, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Hollander/Pool/Files
Labour Party leader Shimon Peres attends his party's conference in Tel Aviv, December 12, 2004. REUTERS/Nir Elias/ Files
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) chats with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a ceremony marking Remembrance Day for the fallen soldiers on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, in Jerusalem in this April 15, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Hollander/Pool/Files TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Israeli President Shimon Peres reads a newspaper during the Ambrosetti workshop in Cernobbio, next to Como, in this September 8, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Paolo Bona/Files
Israel's President Shimon Peres takes part in a meeting with Governor General David Johnston (not pictured) at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in this May 7, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Blair Gable/Files TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Israel's President, Shimon Peres speaks during an address to the Jewish community of Los Angeles held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in this March 8, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Peres was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and had made some progress before a sudden deterioration in his condition on Tuesday.

Details of when the funeral will take place were not initially available.

(Reporting by New York and Washington Desks)

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