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Arafat's aide: New information on president's death

Jan. 10, 2011 7:17 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 11, 2011 4:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The special advisor to Yasser Arafat said Monday that he will soon release new information on the death of the late president.

In an interview with Ma'an Radio, Bassam Abu Shareef said research conducted by British forensic experts had revealed that Arafat was poisoned with Thallium. New information had also come to light, Abu Shareef said, adding that he would present it to an investigation committee.

Abu Shareef said he had warned the president to remain alert to Israeli assassination attempts.

In 2004, Arafat fell ill while besieged by the Israeli military in his Ramallah headquarters. He was flown to Paris for treatment and died at Percy Hospital on 11 November 2004.

The Guardian newspaper quoted a medical report by French doctors identifying disseminated intravascular coagulation as the cause of the president's death.

DIC is a secondary condition however, and the ultimate cause of death was never revealed.

In the months preceding Arafat's death, Israeli officials had publicly contemplated assassinating the leader, fueling speculation that he was murdered.

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