Remains of Yasser Arafat exhumed for tests: Palestinian sources
- Karmakar country: Many Dipas of Tripura taking their own leap of faith
- For India in NSG, China to send main negotiator
- No Railway Budget from next financial year, Arun Jaitley accepts Suresh Prabhu's proposal
- J&K: 15 injured in Poonch blast, pilgrims said to be target
- Tavleen Singh writes: Kashmir’s violent ‘children’
The remains of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed today and experts began taking samples to be tested for signs of poisoning, Palestinian sources said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said the process began at 5:00 am (0830 IST) in the presence of French, Swiss and Russian experts, and that samples were being collected from the remains.
There was no official confirmation that the process was underway, and the scene of the exhumation was carefully shielded from public view.
For weeks now, Arafat's grave in a mausoleum on the Muqataa presidential site from which he once governed has been hidden from view by blue tarpaulins, and media are being kept away from the area.
The mufti of Jerusalem, Mohamed Hussein, arrived at the Muqataa today morning and he would be present at the opening of the tomb.
The samples being collected are to be tested for the radioactive substance polonium as part of a new investigation into whether Arafat was poisoned, which comes eight years after his 2004 death in a French hospital.
The probe was prompted by an investigation carried out by the Al-Jazeera news channel, which commissioned a Swiss lab to test personal effects belonging to the late leader that were given to them by his wife Suha.
The tests revealed the presence of the toxic substance polonium, and prompted calls for the exhumation of Arafat's remains for new testing.
- To his successor, and to the PM and the government, Dr Rajan has left valuable messages
- Instead of laptops and books in their hands these children had stones and grenades
- Gau raksha is seen not just as a desire but a duty by PM Modi's core support
- PM Modi has put the onus for whatever happens in Gujarat on Amit Shah
- Prachanda must address Madhesi aspirations and bring relations with India on even keel
- Inflation has dropped by a large magnitude, during Raghuram Rajan’s tenure as RBI gov