Latest News:  
Beijing   Thundershower/Overcast    28 / 22 ℃  City Forecast

Home>>World

Investigator: Arafat died of unknown poison

(Xinhua)

08:12, July 13, 2012

The chairman of the medical commission of Palestinian inquiry commission into the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Abdullah al-Basheer holds a press conference with other Palestinian officials in West Bank City of Ramallah on July 12, 2012. Abdullah al-Basheer said on Thursday that the death of Yasser Arafat was the result of an unknown poison. (Xinhua/Chen Xu)

RAMALLAH, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was the result of an unknown poison, a Jordanian doctor who started an inquiry in the incident said Thursday.

Arafat's medical reports were unable to diagnose the disease, but indications suggest that he was poisoned by a toxic substance that was not examined at the time, said the doctor, Abdullah al- Basheer, in a news conference upon his arrival to the West Bank.

Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor, ordered the investigation after Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera aired an investigative report concluding that Arafat was poisoned with radioactive polonium.

To confirm al-Jazeera's report, Arafat's body needs to be exhumed for further tests. The Palestinian leadership said it is ready to dig up Arafat's remains for the investigation.

Al-Basheer said the findings of the Lausanne-based Institute of Radiation Physics, which al-Jazeera used for testing Arafat's personal belongings, were difficult to be conclusive due to the lack of previous examples of polonium poisoning.

Arafat died at a French hospital near Paris, three weeks after he was airlifted from his West Bank headquarters, where he spent his last two years under an Israeli siege.

【1】 【2】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:陈丽丹、姚春)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Jinan MAC conducts live-ammunition firing training

  2. Legless man ascends Songshan Mountain

  3. How to keep healthy in summer

  4. Spectacular book art show in Hong Kong

  5. Experiencing unique Taoist culture in Wudang

  6. Ten fruits that help moisture skin

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Commercial property market a bubble to explode
  2. Assad inextricable part of peaceful transition
  3. Naval exercises routine, not warning to Japan
  4. Hanoi will feel pain for helping US return
  5. Cooperation keeps China-Africa ties strong
  6. China won't yield to Japan's moves over disputes
  7. Sea spat can draw mainland and Taiwan closer
  8. New regulations a chance to build clean govt
  9. Negotiations on COC in S. China Sea favor peace
  10. Hanoi will feel pain for helping US return

What's happening in China

Fake Viagra found in Nanjing

  1. Robust water contains excessive level of bacteria
  2. Panhandlers are not a terrible sight in cities
  3. Three Gorges Dam sees 2nd annual flood peak
  4. An online cover-up for classic art
  5. Smoking habit may cripple China social security

China Features

  1. Why is TCM worth of commendation?
  2. Arabians pay heavy price for Arab Spring
  3. Master of pasted-paper sculpture
  4. China, US hold mixed attitudes toward each other
  5. China does not lack capital: CSRC Chair

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai