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

(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.

This photo shows Yasser Arafat, right, in 1981.
This photo shows Yasser Arafat, right, in 1981.   (AP Photo/ Zuheir Saade, File)
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
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