Press Esc to close
Wednesday 01 April 2015
News updated at 4:14 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33.8°C
Min : 21.3°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Arafat's tomb dug up

Ramallah, Nov 27, 2012, (IANS) :

Palestinian engineers Tuesday dug up the tomb of late leader Yasser Arafat to take samples from his remains for poison tests, sources said.

Wikipedia imageThe head of the Palestinian committee investigating Arafat's death, Tawfiq Tirawi, was present during the digging beside investigators and experts from Switzerland, France and Russia, Xinhua quoted sources as saying.

Arafat's remains are still in the tomb, the sources said, adding that they will be exhumed and moved to a mosque near the tomb in the Palestinian presidency's Ramallah headquarters.

Tight security measures were taken to ensure the secrecy of the process.

The investigation aims to find out if Arafat's death in a French hospital Nov 11, 2004, resulted from poisoning. The Palestinians suspect that Israel had poisoned Arafat when he was besieged in his Ramallah headquarters before falling ill.

Earlier this year, Swiss experts tested Arafat's personal belongings as part of a documentary aired by Al-Jazeera, the Doha-based TV channel. The report cited the Institute of Radiation Physics as saying that traces of radioactive polonium-210 were found on Arafat's underwear and toothbrush.

Arafa's widow, Suha, filed a civil lawsuit at a French hospital asking for a murder investigation into her husband's death. The Palestinian leadership also decided to bring in the Russians for more credible inquiry.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Tourist being entertained by a Rajasthani artist...

Tourist being entertained by a Rajasthani artist...

Stranded trucks at the Jammu - Srinagar highway due to heavy rain in Jammu...

Stranded trucks at the Jammu - Srinagar highway due to heavy rain in Jammu...

A man walks on a snow-ladden field after a fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir...

A man walks on a snow-ladden field after a fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir...

Kashmiri man carries a pillow as he walks along the road at Ledhan village...

Kashmiri man carries a pillow as he walks along the road at Ledhan village...

Self-Defense Forces personnel prepare tp receive Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar...

Self-Defense Forces personnel prepare tp receive Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar...

Vice Admiral P Murugesan inspects guard of honour...

Vice Admiral P Murugesan inspects guard of honour...

A youth in the flood-hit Pampore area of Srinagar on Tuesday...

A youth in the flood-hit Pampore area of Srinagar on Tuesday...

A pair of parrot atop a tree in New Delhi...

A pair of parrot atop a tree in New Delhi...

Aircrafts of The Global Stars team of British Aerobatics Champions perform during rehearsals...

Aircrafts of The Global Stars team of British Aerobatics Champions perform during rehearsals...

Aircrafts of British Aerobatics Champions perform during rehearsals on the eve of the Gujarat Aero..

Aircrafts of British Aerobatics Champions perform during rehearsals on the eve of the Gujarat Aero..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523