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Thu Jul 5, 2012, 12:56 PM

Palestinians To Exhume Arafat's Body For Tests [View all]

Associated Press
Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 9:17 AM MST

RAMALLAH, West Bank ó The Palestinian president cleared the way Wednesday for a possible autopsy on Yasser Arafatís remains, following a request from his widow after a Swiss lab said it found elevated levels of a lethal radioactive isotope on the longtime Palestinian leaderís belongings.

The developments have reignited a storm of speculation over what killed Arafat, who died on Nov. 11, 2004 at the age of 75 at a military hospital outside Paris after decades of fighting with Israel.

Arafatís widow, Suha, who rejected an autopsy at the time of his death, said she wanted one done now in the wake of the labís findings, first reported by the Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera. In an interview with the station, she did not explain why she waited nearly eight years to have the belongings, including a toothbrush and a fur hat, tested.

French doctors said at the time that Arafat died of a massive brain hemorrhage ó weeks after he fell violently ill at his West Bank compound.



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