Arafat's Widow Calls his Death a Mystery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- The widow of Yasser Arafat says she sees a spiritual significance in the timing of her late husband's exhumation, which came just two days before a U.N. vote on whether to recognize a Palestinian state.
Suha Arafat told The Associated Press on Thursday at her home in Malta that the exhumation to determine whether Arafat had been poisoned `'was as if his soul was resurrecting" ahead of Thursday's vote in the General Assembly.
Mrs. Arafat called the former Palestinian leader's death in November 2004, a month after suddenly falling ill, `'the most important mystery of the Middle East."
Arafat's remains were exhumed in the West Bank on Tuesday in a renewed investigation into his death. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, which has denied the allegations.


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