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Arafat Exhumed

  • By : Brian Bush
  • November 27, 2012
  • 5:14 pm

Hello Everyone!

The late Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat's body has been exhumed today in Ramallah. This as part of an investigation into how he died.

Mr. Arafat led the Palestine Liberation Organization for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestinian Authority in 1996.

After being sieged inside the PA headquarters for an extended period of time by Israeli Prime Minister Aerial Sharon, Arafat fell violently ill in October 2004.

Two weeks later he was flown to a French military hospital in Paris, where he died on November 11 at age 75.

There was no autopsy preformed on his body.

Speculation has always been leveled at Israel for assassinating him, a claim the Israelis deny.

Now, eight years later, a Palestinian doctor has removed in situ from the body in the grave, samples from his bone marrow.

Swiss, French and Russian experts have now been given these samples to try and determine if he was poisoned by polonium 210 – a radioactive substance allegedly found upon his personal effects.

This investigative process will take place in the scientists home countries could take several months before we get any answer.
Other experts have cast doubt on the theory that Mr. Arafat was poisoned.

Some have stated that doing this procedure now (eight years after death on what is now essentially skeletal remains) will make the determination extremely difficult.

Some who have reviewed the medical records maintain that is unlikely that he had been poisoned.

Arafat's medical records state he had a stroke resulting from a blood disorder.

I will bring you a live update tomorrow on the developments – so tune into The Harvest Show.

Brian Bush
Middel East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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