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Arafat's aide: New information on president's death
Published Monday 10/01/2011 (updated) 11/01/2011 16:26
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The special advisor to Yasser Arafat said Monday that he will soon release new information on the death of the late president.

In an interview with Ma'an Radio, Bassam Abu Shareef said research conducted by British forensic experts had revealed that Arafat was poisoned with Thallium. New information had also come to light, Abu Shareef said, adding that he would present it to an investigation committee.

Abu Shareef said he had warned the president to remain alert to Israeli assassination attempts.

In 2004, Arafat fell ill while besieged by the Israeli military in his Ramallah headquarters. He was flown to Paris for treatment and died at Percy Hospital on 11 November 2004.

The Guardian newspaper quoted a medical report by French doctors identifying disseminated intravascular coagulation as the cause of the president's death.

DIC is a secondary condition however, and the ultimate cause of death was never revealed.

In the months preceding Arafat's death, Israeli officials had publicly contemplated assassinating the leader, fueling speculation that he was murdered.

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1 ) Robby / USA
11/01/2011 01:55
I wonder if any of Arafat's aides will be suspects - nah.

2 ) sylvia / uk
11/01/2011 13:24
So WHO administered the Thallium for the Israelis? WHO amongst
Arafat's bodyguards and trusted colleagues could have been the culprit?
I know who I think it was.

3 ) Robby / USA
11/01/2011 17:02
2 ) sylvia / uk - who Sylvia? Personally the story is suspicious, if it were true I would think it would have been linked to more then one source

4 ) Christopher / USA
11/01/2011 17:09
It wouldn't entirely surprise me if the CIA was involved. What do you want to bet the poison got there via the hands of an American "diplomat?"

5 ) Editor / Palestine
11/01/2011 20:32
Apologies for the misprint in the headline: It should read "Arafat's AIDS..."
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