Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead at home

The Chinese ambassador to Israel Du Wei, has been found dead at his home in the north of Tel Aviv, the Israeli foreign ministry has said.

The official said Israeli police had launched an investigation but initial findings suggested no foul play. Du Wei, 58, was appointed to the role in February and had previously served as China’s envoy to Ukraine.

The cause of his death has not been reported and Israeli police said it was being investigated.

A police spokesperson said: "As part of the regular procedure, police units are at the scene." The ambassador's death comes just two days after he condemned comments by visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who denounced Chinese investments in Israel and accused China of hiding information about the Covid-19 outbreak.

He is survived by his wife and son, who were not in Israel at the time of his death.