Chinese ambassador to Israel 'found dead at home'
Du Wei was found dead in his bed. He leaves behind a wife and a son. He was appointed as China’s envoy to Israel in February.
China’s ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, has been found dead in his official residence in a suburb of Tel Aviv, according to an Israeli media report.
The body of 58-year-old Du was found in his bed and the cause of his death has not yet been reported. He was only appointed ambassador in February having previously served as China's envoy to Ukraine.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the ambassador was a husband and father to a boy. His family are not in the country with him.
Du was living in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya. Police have launched an investigation into his death. Initial reports say that no signs of violence were found on his body.
This comes as after the Chinese Embassy in Israel responded to criticism voiced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Israel last week, calling his remarks that China had concealed information about the outbreak of the coronavirus from the world as "absurd."
Last week Pompeo flew to Israel in an attempt to pursue the Israelis not to trade or invest with China. Pompeo wanted the Israelis to limit their consumption of Chinese goods.— هادي نصرالله (@HadiNasrallah) May 17, 2020
Today the Chinese ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead in his home in Tel Aviv.
The Embassy statement noted that "scientists still haven’t identified the origin of COVID-19," and claimed that China never concealed the outbreak of the disease in the country. It also added that the United States is currently the epicenter of the pandemic.