The Haaretz lead story sounds particularly grim:
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a “significant” stroke with “massive bleeding” in his brain late Wednesday night, according to a Hadassah University Hospital official, and Sharon’s authority has been transferred to Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
In a brief statement outside the Jerusalem hospital, Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef said Sharon had suffered “a significant stroke,” adding that he was “under anesthetic and receiving breathing assistance.”
A few minutes later, Mor-Yosef emerged to say that initial tests showed Sharon had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding inside his brain. Addressing reporters in English, Mor-Yosef said Sharon had “massive bleeding and was being transferred to an operating theater.”
Channel 2 TV said Sharon was suffering from paralysis in his lower body. Analysts on local TV stations said his life could be in danger.
Watch for a repeat of this, if Sharon passes away.
Update: Omri Ceren is living blogging the news on Sharon.
Another Update: “Type and you shall receive“:
…a radical Palestinian leader in Damascus, the Syrian capital, called Sharon’s health crisis a gift from God.
“We say it frankly that God is great and is able to exact revenge on this butcher. … We thank God for this gift he presented to us on this new year,” Ahmed Jibril, leader of the Syrian-backed faction Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a small radical group, told the Associated Press.