The controversy whether Yasser Arafat was killed by radioactive polonium-210 poisoning or died a natural death was in circulation for quite some time. Now, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered to dig out Arafat's remains to ascertain the cause of death.
EARLIER, A Swiss Institute had reported elevated traces of a radioactive substance on the late Arafat's clothes and his widow Suha Arafat, 48, had called for determining the cause of death of her husband as she too suspected a foul play.
It may be recalled that Arafat died on November 11, 2004, in a French military hospital while being treated. Arafat was buried in a mausoleum at Ramallah compound after his death. Reportedly, the Swiss experts have been invited to Ramallah in order to examine the remains.
It is being speculated that exhumation of Arafat is likely to be opposed by some devout Muslims despite the expressed desire of most Palestinians and Arafat's family members to determine the cause of death.
Killing by Polonium-210 had first come into limelight when it was used to kill KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. It is said that polonium-210 when consumed with food items causes damage to body organs and tissues leading to death.