Tests hint Arafat died from radioactive poison
YASSER Arafat may have been killed with a lethal dose of the highly radioactive substance Polonium, it was claimed yesterday.
Tests performed by a Swiss laboratory found significant traces of Polonium-210 on the late Palestinian leader's clothes, adding a new twist to a case that has obsessed the Arab world for years.
Polonium-210 is the same substance used to poison the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London.
The claims are likely to renew Palestinian suspicions that Mossad, the Israeli spy agency, assassinated Mr Arafat, who died in a Paris hospital in 2004.
Al Jazeera sent Mr Arafat's clothes to the institute for testing as part of a nine-month investigation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)