Ailing Saudi King Abdullah suffering from pneumonia

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (BNO NEWS) -- Saudi Arabia's ailing King Abdullah, who was hospitalized in Riyadh earlier this week, is suffering from pneumonia that temporarily required a tube to be inserted to help him breathe, the royal court said on Friday amid increasing health concerns.

"After the necessary medical examinations by the medical team, the presence of pneumonia became apparent and required the insertion of a tube to aid with breathing on a temporary basis this evening," the royal court said in a statement. "This procedure resulted in stability and success."

Abdullah, who turned 90 in August, was taken to King Abdulaziz Medical City Hospital in Riyadh on Wednesday morning for what was then only described as "medical tests." Other details about the king's condition have not been released.

The royal Al Saud family has ruled Saudi Arabia since the kingdom's establishment in September 1932, though the family's roots trace back to Muhammad bin Saud in the 18th century. King Abdullah is a son of King Abdulaziz and came to power in 2005 after the death of King Fahd. Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was appointed crown prince in June 2012.

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