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|‘Israel poisoned Arafat’||
31 Dec 2005 07:22 AM
DOHA, NOV 11: Militants vowed on Thursday to avenge what they called Israel’s “murder” of Yasser Arafat.
Top Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal — who presides over the faction’s entrenched power base in the Gaza Strip from Syria — led the way in calling for revenge.
“I accuse Israel of having poisoned the blood of Abu Ammar (Arafat),” he told Arab satellite television Al-Jazeera.
“By killing Arafat today, Israel has killed the peace process. It has killed he who created with it this process,” added Meshaal, himself the target of an assassination bid by Israeli agents in 1997.
Similarly, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades urged militants to avenge Arafat’s “assassination.”
“Zionist Israel and the government of (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon are responsible for the assassination of our leader by putting him under siege,” the group said. (Agencies)
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|Arafat's personal doctor calls for autopsy|
CAIRO, Nov 11 (AFP) - The personal physician of Yasser
Arafat called for an inquiry into the cause of the veteran
Palestinian leader's death on Thursday.
"I demand an official inquiry and an autopsy ... so the Palestinian people can learn in all transparency what caused the death" of their leader, Dr Ashraf al-Kurdi said on Al-Jazeera television only hours before Arafat was due to be buried.
He said his suspicions were aroused by the absence of any information about Arafat's health since he was admitted to hospital in Paris on October 29 and that Arafat was conscious when he left his Ramallah compound.
Amid the doubt, rumours have surfaced that Arafat was poisoned but doctors in Paris and Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath rejected that speculation.
Kurdi, who was Arafat's personal physician for more than 20 years, said he had been surprised by the actions of some members of the veteran leader's office.
He said they took too long to contact him even though Arafat's health was in rapid decline.
Kurdi, who did not travel to Paris with his patient, said he could not draw any conclusions about the death despite his suspicions. (AFP)