The remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have been re-buried in Ramallah after his body was exhumed to try to determine whether he was murdered.
A military ceremony was held in front of the mausoleum at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the presence of the prime minister and President Mahmoud Abbas.
No post-mortem was carried out at the time of Arafat’s death in 2004 in France. Although medical records say he died of a stroke, abnormally high traces of radioactive polonium have since been discovered on his personal effects.
Samples have now been taken for examination by French, Swiss and Russian experts.
Many Palestinians believe he was murdered by Israeli agents. Some Palestinian investigators are adamant that there was foul play.
“The medical commission, toxicologists and scientists think that President Arafat was poisoned. If after the samples are analysed, it turns out that polonium-210 was the cause, we will therefore have reached the truth. If, on the other hand that was not the case, we think that it is a matter of another poison,” said Abdallah al-Bashir, head of the Palestinian medical committee of the Palestinian commission of inquiry.
French doctors who treated Yasser Arafat said they were unable to determine the cause of his death.
For the last two and a half years of his life he was largely confined to his West Bank headquarters by Israel following a Palestinian uprising.
Some experts doubt whether the tests will reveal anything useful about polonium as it decays rapidly and traces would be difficult to detect. Others have also questioned whether Arafat could have been killed by the substance, or whether Israel would have wanted to eliminate him.
Israel, which denies murdering Arafat, invited the Palestinian Authority to release all his medical records, which have remained unopened since his death.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Putin takes control of Russia’s defence industries and calls for new weapons
- 2Iceland puts on a show as two of its volcanoes spew out lava
- 3Russia: new EU sanctions look ‘strange’ says Putin
- 4Iceland’s latest volcano eruption worsens
- 5Young American sentenced to six-years hard labour in North Korea
- 1Podemos: Spanish indignation in Brussels’ corridors of power | euronews, reporter
- 2Israel announces it will seize 400 acres in West Bank | euronews, world news
- 3Japan sounds bluefin warning, calls for 50% catch cut | euronews, world news
- 4Hoverbike on the horizon | euronews, hi-tech
- 5China executes eight Muslims convicted of terrorism | euronews, world news
- 63D printing: a driving force in design and engineering | euronews, hi-tech
- 7Ukraine accuses Russian aid convoy of stealing factory equipment | euronews, world news
- 8Young Yazidi girl escapes Islamic State kidnappers | euronews, world news
- 9#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians | euronews, world news
- 10New car offers freedom for disabled drivers | euronews, hi-tech
- 11EU leaders name Donald Tusk European Council president | euronews, world news
- 12Everything you need to know about the Ebola virus | euronews, world news
- 13Turkish ferry makes high-speed final landing | euronews, no comment
- 14Risk of fresh ash cloud threatens European air travel | euronews, world news
- 15Canada sends hilarious barb to Russia over Ukraine ‘incursions’ | euronews, world news
- 16The business benefits of EU chemical regulation | euronews, business planet
- 17Iceland warns Europe’s airlines of possible volcanic eruption | euronews, world news
- 18Thousands of Catalans call for choice on split from Spain | euronews, world news
- 19Iceland puts on a show as two of its volcanoes spew out lava | euronews, world news
- 20Marine Le Pen criticises France’s decision to halt Mistral warship sale to Russia | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 05:13 CET Fijians head to polls for first post-coup general election
- 05:04 CET South Korea arrests American trying to swim to North Korea – report
- 04:55 CET Quake strikes northeast of Tokyo, no reports of serious damage
- 04:15 CET Guatemala government responds to news story before it is published
- 03:40 CET Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role in fighting Ebola
- 01:38 CET Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to…
- 23:58 CET Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India
- 23:33 CET India and China look to put knotty relations on new footing