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Israeli PM Netanyahu undergoes hernia surgery

By Khushbu Shah, CNN
August 12, 2013 -- Updated 0212 GMT (1012 HKT)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara walk out of the hospital after hernia surgery in Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara walk out of the hospital after hernia surgery in Jerusalem.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The surgery went off without complications
  • He was taken to the hospital after he complained of pain
  • The weekly cabinet meeting has been postponed

(CNN) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to leave the hospital Sunday afternoon after he underwent a hernia operation overnight.

The surgery went off without complications, his spokesman Ofir Gendleman said in a tweet.

Netanyahu, 63, was taken to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Karem in Jerusalem after he complained of pain Saturday. A CT scan confirmed the hernia, his office said.

The weekly Sunday morning cabinet meeting has been postponed as Netanyahu recovers.

Netanyahu, known throughout Israel by the nickname "Bibi," leads the right-wing Likud Party and has been prime minister since 2009. He served an earlier term as prime minister from 1996 to 1999.

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