Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was fatally poisoned by Israel, the head of the dominant Palestinian movement Fatah claimed on Monday.
“I can categorically confirm that Abu Ammar (Arafat’s nom de guerre) was poisoned,” exiled Fatah chairman Faruq Qaddumi told reporters. Arafat was declared dead in a French military hospital on the outskirts of Paris on November 11 2004. He had been treated there for two weeks. France’s strict medical secrecy laws mean that the exact cause of Arafat’s death has not been made public, but his nephew received a copy of his medical file.