Arafat’s body to be exhumed to ascertain cause of death
London: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s remains would be continued to be exhumed by French officials in a bid to discover if he was murdered.
A team of medical and forensic experts will arrive in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 24 to carry out the gruesome operation.
The exhumation comes after Arafat's widow Suha asked judges in France this summer to launch a murder probe into her husband's death, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the paper, Arafat, 48, believes her husband's death at a Paris hospital eight years ago was caused by the radioactive toxin polonium and claims he was poisoned because he was an ''obstacle to peace''.
Arafat launched her legal action after Swiss scientists who analysed her husband's belongings said in June that they found ''surprisingly high'' levels of the lethal substance on his clothes, the paper said.
Palestinian authorities have now given final approval for Arafat's body to be exhumed so further tests can be carried out, it added.