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Yasser Arafat body to be exhumed after radioactive isotope in his belongings


July 4, 2012 - West Bank

Polonium-210, a naturally found radioactive isotope was found in 'very small' but more than normal quantities in Yasser Arafat's hospital clothing and underwear by a Switzerland-based laboratory.

Institute of Radiation Physics in Lausanne, Switzerland has tested the clothing that was worn and some clothing that was never worn by Arafat in his final days from the widow of Arafat, Suha Arafat. These clothing are preserved in a safe and secure room of her attorney's office in Paris after Arafat's death. Reports say that Al-Jazeera has approached the lab on behalf of her early during the year with the belongings.

The lab, speaking to a media wire, is reported to have said that the unexplained level of polonium raises doubts thought it cannot be stated that Arafat was poisoned.

With doubts arising, Suha Arafat is calling for an autopsy of the leader. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas too seems to be willing for this. Media reports say that the President is willing to cooperate with further testing if Arafat's family agrees. The Palestinian administration is reported to have agreed for the autopsy from his limestone mausoleum in the West Bank city of Ramallah. However, Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor didn’t see much of a speculation in the death of Arafat when he said, "the circumstances of Arafat's death are not a mystery ... He was treated in France, in a French hospital by French doctors and they have all the medical information."

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in November 2004 at a Military hospital. Few weeks earlier to that, he fell ill while at his West Bank compound. French doctors have reported massive brain hemorrhage as the reason for the death.

Back in July 2007, Yasser Arafat's rival Ahmad Jibril claimed in an interview that Arafat might have died of AIDS. Arafat won the Nobel Prize in 1994 but few say that he is an illegitimate to win the Nobel Peace Prize because they are in breach of the terms of Alfred Nobel's will.

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