Israeli nuclear scientist dies in hospital

A senior Israeli nuclear engineer has died in hospital, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Saturday.

He was a physicist at the Israeli Nuclear Engineering Research Institute (NIERI), the report said.

NIERI is based in the eastern city of Negev.

NIerI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israeli media had reported earlier that the engineer had died.

It was not immediately clear how the engineer died.

Israel has been in a tense standoff with the Palestinians since November over the building of an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians have accused Israel of deliberately trying to damage their infrastructure in violation of international law, and Israeli officials have denied the allegations.

NIERS chief scientist, Dr. Yehuda Weinstein, died earlier this month.