The area surrounding the tomb of former Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, is sealed off
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Arafat's tomb sealed off in preparation for exhumation

Workers have sealed off the tomb of the former Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, in Ramallah in preparation for the possible exhumation of his body.

Officials plan to dig up his remains in the coming weeks to allow scientists to ascertain whether his death in Paris in 2004 was caused by poisoning.

France began a murder inquiry in August after Swiss experts found radioactive polonium-210 on his personal effects.

Arafat's medical records say he had a stroke resulting from a blood disorder.

Jon Donnison reports from Ramallah.

  • 13 Nov 2012
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