Diplomatic tussle as Chinese ambassador to Israel dies mysteriously

Police are reportedly investigating the circumstances of the death of 58-year-old Du Wei, a Chinese ambassador to Israel.

He was found dead in his home in Tel Aviv on Sunday, an Israeli police spokesman said in a statement.

The statement didn’t explain the cause of the death but says the ambassador was reportedly found in his home in Herzlija, near Tel Aviv.

The married father of one came to Israel in mid-February to take up his post.

According to local media citing unidentified emergency medical officials, initial indications are that he died in his sleep of natural causes.

Before taking up the post in Israel, Du Wei had been China’s ambassador to Ukraine.

His unexplained death came just days after he criticized comments from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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