The remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have been re-buried in Ramallah after his body was exhumed to investigate the cause of his death.
Although medical records say he died of a stroke, abnormally high traces of radioactive polonium have since been discovered on Arafat’s personal effects.
A Palestinian official said samples had been taken and were being analysed by French, Swiss and Russian experts.
Many Palestinians believe Arafat was murdered, particularly as no post-mortem was carried out at the time of his death in 2004 in France.
Three French judges are investigating whether or not he was murdered after Arafat’s widow lodged a formal complaint.
One woman in Ramallah said: “I agree with the exhumation because Arafat did not die naturally and we want to know the cause.”
But a West Bank man was more convinced. “I oppose the decision of exhumation,” he said, “because I know Arafat was poisoned to death. We don’t have to examine the body, but we need to find the murderer.”
Since he died there have been numerous theories about how he died, ranging from an Aids related illness to foul play.
Israel has denied any involvement.