Chinese Ambassador to Israel found dead in his apartment


Ambassador Du assumed his current role in Israel in February 2020, according to the embassy's webpage, as the coronavirus pandemic was sweeping across the globe.

The Foreign Ministry said police were on the scene.

Du, 57, left behind a wife and son who were not in Israel at the time of his passing due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that Du was found in the early morning by the envoy's staff in his home in Herzliya.

Army Radio claims that the investigators have not found any signs of violence, which means that it is likely that Du passed from a heart attack.

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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.

Du, who was born in Shandong Province, was a professional diplomat who previously served in Ukraine.

Chinese officials did not immediately comment on Du's death.

"Different things have been said regarding China's battle [against the coronavirus]".

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said Director-Gneral Yuval Rotem spoke with Deputy Ambassador Dai Yuming and expressed his condolences, adding that it would provide any assistance it could. During his visit, Pompeo had said that such investments could pose security risk, especially in infrastructure.