31 July, 2014
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Concerns rise over Qaboos’ health
There has been no official news of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said since he flew to Germany on 9 July for an “annual vacation” and “medical examinations”, but multiple sources have told GSN that his condition is serious, and several have heard he has cancer, either of the pancreas or bowel. While the Gulf rumour mill often associates rulers’ medical trips to the West with either back problems or cancers of the lower gastrointestinal tract, the fact that 73-year-old Qaboos seemed to remain absent during Eid would appear to support the suggestion his health issues are of a serious nature.