“Yasser Arafat, Palestine leader might be poisoned with Polonium”

“Yasser Arafat, Palestine leader might be poisoned with Polonium”

11:30 AM, 4th July 2012
“Yasser Arafat, Palestine leader might be poisoned with Polonium”
Late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, could have been poisoned by polonium, as per a report by Al Jazeera. Scientists had found unexplained amount of unnatural polonium-210 in the belongings of Arafat.

DOHA, QATAR: Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, could have been poisoned by polonium, according to a study ordered by Al Jazeera. The Qatari-based TV channel - Al Jazeera reported this information on Wednesday, July 4, according to RIA Novosti.

An investigation conducted by Swiss scientists at Lausanne University revealed extraordinarily high levels of polonium in Arafat’s personal belongings, including clothing, his trademark kaffiyeh and a toothbrush, said Al Jazeera. “I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported (unnatural) polonium-210 in the belongings of Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids,” said Dr Francois Bochud, Director of the Institute, while speaking to the TV channel.

The scientists from the Institut de Radiophysique, at Lausanne University said they needed to exhume Arafat’s body to examine his bones and the soil from the grave in order to prove the poisoning version. Arafat’s widow, Suha, has appealed to Palestinian Authority to obtain permission for the exhumation. “We got into this painful conclusion, but at least this removes the burden off my chest. At least I’ve done something to explain to the Palestinian people, to the Arab and Muslim generation globally, that it was not a natural death, it was a crime,” said Suha.

Based on the TV report, spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President, said that the President saw no reason why Yasser Arafat’s body should not be exhumed stating that he may have died of poisoning.

Arafat died in a French military hospital on November 11, 2004 and was buried on the grounds of his West Bank headquarters. There were rumors that he had died because of cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and even AIDS. “There was no liver cirrhosis, apparently no traces of cancer, no leukemia or HIV or AIDS,” informed Patrice Mangin, Head of the Institute of Legal Medicine at Swiss Lausanne University, who was involved in the tests.

According to the news, Arafat suffered weight loss, severe vomiting and diarrhea shortly before his death which can be signs of polonium poisoning. Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security agent, who died in 2006 from polonium poisoning, had the same symptoms, mentioned the TV Channel.

© Al Jazeera News

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