Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies aged 93

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: US President Bill Clinton (C) stands between PLO leader Yasser Arafat (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzahk Rabin (L) as they shake hands 13 September 1993 at the White House in Washington DC. Rabin and Arafat shook hands for the first time after Israel and the PLO signed a historic agreement on Palestinian autonomy in the occupied territories. Rabin was assassinated reportedly by a Jewish extremist 04 November 1995 after attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv. (Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

Born in Poland in 1923, Mr Peres emigrated to what was then British mandatory Palestine when he was 11.

Shimon Peres, who was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation’s birth in 1948, served twice as the country’s prime minister and once as president.

He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 for his role negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier. He shared his Nobel Peace Prize with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was later assassinated, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Photo:The famous handshake between Yitzahk Rabin and Yasser Arafat.