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Jordan King suffers slipped disk, in Germany for operation

Jordan's King Abdullah II will fly to Germany on Sunday for surgery on a slipped disc, the royal court said.

King Abdullah will undergo an operation to treat “a herniated disk in the thoracic spine” at a hospital in Frankfurt, and will return home after a recovery period of one week, the court said.

Jordanian specialists advised the king to go to Germany for surgery, state television said, adding that he has suffered back problems before.

It described the surgery as “urgent” because the king is experiencing increased pain from rising “pressure on the nerve as a result of the slipped disc".

During his youth, King Abdullah, now 60, raced cars and parachuted from planes when he was in the Jordanian Army. Official media suggested that parachuting was the cause of his back problems.

The king embarked on a diplomatic drive in the last few weeks to try to contain violence in Palestine.

He travelled to Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of March and met several senior Israeli officials in Amman.

He was last in Germany on March 15 on an official visit when he met Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Source: The National

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