The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and police have confirmed that China’s ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead at his home near Tel Aviv on Sunday.
Du, 57, was found dead at the apartment in the city of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, Israeli Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. The report of Du’s death was also confirmed by Israel’s foreign ministry.
Israeli media said earlier that Du’s body was discovered in his bed with no signs of violence, and that police are investigating the cause of his death. It was also reported that the initial indications were that the diplomat had died in his sleep of natural causes?
Du assumed the role of ambassador to Israel in February. He had previously served as an envoy to Ukraine from 2016 to 2020.. Du’s wife and son were not in Israel at the time of his death.
In March, Du described how he had undergone a two-week home quarantine after arriving in Israel. He urged all countries to work together in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
The diplomat also called for the fight against “another common enemy” – misinformation – which included accusations of China concealing relevant data on the spread of the disease. Beijing has repeatedly denied such claims.
Last week, Du was critical of remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Israel and spoke out against China’s investments in the country.
Pompeo also claimed China had kept information regarding the Corona-virus outbreak hidden. Following Pompeo’s comments, the Chinese Embassy rejected his remarks in a piece shared via the Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
Jerusalem Post / ABC Flash Point News 2020.