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Was Arafat poisoned? His grave is sealed off ahead of exhumation

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Was Arafat poisoned? His grave is sealed off ahead of exhumation

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The late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s grave in Ramallah has been sealed off. Workers have covered his tomb with tarpaulin in preparation for his body to be exhumed later this month.

The operation is part of a French investigation into the 75-year-old’s death in 2004 following allegations that he may have been poisoned by Israeli agents.

In July, Swiss scientists told a TV documentary that they had found traces of the rare radioactive poison Polonium on his personal items.

Arafat fell ill suddenly in November 2004 and was flown to France for treatment where he died. His medical records say he had a stroke due to a blood disorder.

An investigation was opened at the request of his wife following the documentary. The Israeli government has denied any involvement in his death.