Yasir Arafat’s Body Exhumed

    FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah.  Palestinian official says the remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

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    Not such a cold case anymore. The body of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat was exhumed early Tuesday as part of an investigation into allegations that he was poisoned to death. Arafat died in 2004 of a stroke, but many have suspected the stroke was caused by other factors. Sources told Al Jazeera that forensic pathologists were not able to “fully remove the body from the tomb,” and Palestinian doctors collected samples from the body with the help of an international team of scientists from France, Russia, and Switzerland. Al Jazeera sources said the body had been reburied shortly after being exhumed—so Palestinians will not be able to conduct a full military funeral as planned.

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