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5/27/05

Saudi King In Hospital For Tests

Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, ruler of the world's top oil exporter, was admitted to hospital for medical tests on Friday, the official news agency SPA said.

Saudi official sources told Reuters that the monarch, in his early 80s, had been running a fever and "had water in his lungs" which required hospitalization.

"King Fahd entered King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh this evening to undergo some medical examinations," SPA quoted a palace statement as saying. It gave no further details.

"We ask God to keep and care for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and grant him health and well being," the statement said.

Medical sources said the king, who suffered a stroke in 1995, had a lung infection and that a cat scan would be performed while he remained in hospital for one or two days.

News about the king's health condition had led to a drop in Saudi stocks on Wednesday. Saudi sources said then that Fahd had undergone a medical examination after feeling "tired" but did not need to got to hospital.

Day-to-day rule of the Gulf state passed to his half-brother Crown Prince Abdullah after his stroke. Abdullah is expected to take over the reins officially in the case of the king's death.

The monarch has been ailing for the last decade and rumors about his condition have frequently surfaced in Saudi Arabia and on international oil markets.

Fahd underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract in 2003 in Riyadh. The year before that he had a similar operation on his other eye at a Geneva hospital.

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. It has been battling a two-year campaign of violence by al Qaeda supporters.

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