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Yasser Arafat was poisoned, says doctor

Last Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 09:53

Ramallah: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died after consuming an unknown poison, a Jordanian doctor claimed on Thursday.

Arafat`s medical reports suggest that he was poisoned by a toxic substance, but it was not examined at that time, Xinhua quoted Abdullah al-Basheer as saying.

Al-Basheer, who launched an inquiry into the case, was speaking to reporters in West Bank.

Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat`s successor, ordered a probe after al-Jazeera TV concluded in an investigative report that Arafat was poisoned with radioactive polonium.

To confirm the report, Arafat`s body needs to be exhumed for tests. The Palestinian leadership said it is ready to dig up Arafat`s remains for the probe.

Arafat died at a French hospital near Paris, three weeks after he was airlifted from his West Bank headquarters, where he spent his last two years.


First Published: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 09:53
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