Arafat's Remains to Be Exhumed Tuesday

Authorities will test his body for poisoning
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2012 6:09 AM CST
This photo shows Yasser Arafat, right, in 1981.   (AP Photo/ Zuheir Saade, File)
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(Newser) – Years of speculation about Yasser Arafat's death may be answered soon—his body will be exhumed from his West Bank tomb on Tuesday, reports the BBC. The Palestinian leader died in 2004 at age 75, and an al-Jazeera documentary in July revealed that some of his personal effects had unusually high levels of radioactive polonium-210. Many Palestinians suspect Israel poisoned Arafat, and France (where he died) has a murder investigation open. The tests will be conducted by French, Swiss, and Russian experts, and Arafat will be reburied in a private ceremony later on Tuesday. (Read more Palestinians stories.)

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