Swiss scientists confirmed that traces of the radioactive substance Polonium-210 was found on Yasser Arafat’s personal belongings including a toothbrush and underwear. This finding supports the suspicion that Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 following an illness, was poisoned by the Israelis.
The body of the late Palestinian leader was exhumed almost a year back by Swiss, French and Russian scientists following the radioactive substance discovery. Results of the scientists’ study have not been officially disclosed, reported The Guardian.
Traces of the substance that “support the possibility of Arafat’s poisoning with polonium-210” were found, reported the scientists. “Although the absence of myelosuppression [bone marrow deficiency] and hair loss does not favor acute radiation syndrome, symptoms of nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, and anorexia, followed by hepatic and renal failures, might suggest radioactive poisoning,” reported the scientists.
In October 2004, Yasser Arafat was under Israeli military siege in Ramallah when he fell ill. He was subsequently admitted in a French hospital, and then passed away less than a month later. At the time, doctors were not able to identify the the 75-year-old leader’s cause of death. Unfortunately, no autopsy was done on his body. Last year, Arafat’s body was exhumed after his wife, Suha Arafat requested for it in order to understand the cause of her husband’s death.
It must be noted that Russian scientists rejected the claim that Arafat could have been poisoned with Polonium-210. In 2006, ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was killed by Polonium-210 poisoning. Litvinenko, who had defected to UK in 2000, was a critic of Russian president, Vladmir Putin.