Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Russian Experts in West Bank Ahead of Arafat Exhumation

Russian experts have arrived on the West Bank to take part in the exhumation of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as part of an investigation into his death.

Arafat, who led the Palestinian Liberation Organization for 35 years, died in November 2004 in a military hospital in France.

A probe into his death was initiated by his wife, Sukha Arafat, after traces of radioactive Polonium-210 were detected in his belongings earlier this year.

Three experts invited by the Palestinian national administration will observe the exhumation of Arafat's remains on Tuesday along with teams of forensic scientists from France and Switzerland, RIA-Novosti reported.

The delegation of experts from the Federal Medical and Biological Agency and the Russian Center of Forensic and Medical Expertise will then take samples from Arafat's remains back to Russia, where they will be tested for traces of radioactive material.

The sampling procedure will last one day and be closed to the press "out of respect for the deceased," the news agency reported.

After the samples have been taken, Arafat's body will be reburied on the same day with military honors.

Related articles:

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more