Arafat’s body exhumed, samples collected

The body of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was exhumed on Tuesday, Nov 27 to resolve questions surrounding the cause of his death. According to records, Arafat died of a stroke resulting from a blood disorder in 2004, but Palestinian officials believe Arafat was poisoned, and that Israel was behind the plot. Independent teams from France, Russia and Switzerland retrieved samples and will conduct their own tests to determine if traces of polonium-210 were present in his system at the time of his death. Earlier this year researchers in Switzerland had discovered high levels of the toxic element in Arafat’s personal belongings. The investigation is expected to take several months.

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