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Arafat's Remains To Be Exhumed Early Next Week

Yasser Arafat died after suddenly falling ill in 2004Yasser Arafat died after suddenly falling ill in 2004
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Yasser Arafat died after suddenly falling ill in 2004
Yasser Arafat died after suddenly falling ill in 2004
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The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on November 27 to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death.

Palestinian official Tawfiq Tirawi says Arafat's tomb will be opened on November 27 and Swiss, French, and Russian experts will take samples within a few hours.

Tirawi, who heads the committee investigating the Palestinian leader's death, says a reburial ceremony will be held later the same day.

Arafat died in November 2004, a month after suddenly falling ill.

Palestinian officials have insisted he was poisoned by Israel.

Israel has denied the allegations.

The detection of traces of a lethal radioactive substance in biological stains on Arafat's clothing earlier this year sparked a new investigation.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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