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Head of medical services in the Gaza Strip (from 1957-1960) Dr Haidar Abdel Shafi (R) who has been named to head the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace conference, starting 30 October 1991 in Madrid, and Palestinian negotiator and spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi, member of the "steering committee" created for the conference, leave 22 October 1991 a press conference in Jerusalem. Abdel Shafi died in a Gaza City hospital early 25 September 2007 following a two-year battle with cancer, officials said. He was 88.

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