Swiss radiation experts have found traces of polonium on clothing that belonged to Yasser Arafat, a finding that may “support the possibility” that the late Palestinian Authority leader was poisoned, according to a report released at the weekend.
Arafat was 75 when he died in 2004 of unknown causes and no autopsy was conducted, in line with his widow’s wishes.
The new details, published in a report in “The Lancet“, back up media statements the team made in 2012 that it had found traces of polonium 210 on Arafat’s belongings.
Arafat died in France on November 11, 2004, and doctors were unable to specify the cause of his death.
Arafat’s body was exhumed in November 2012 and samples were taken, partly to investigate whether he had been poisoned — a suspicion that grew after the 2006 assassination by polonium poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian ex-spy and critic of the Kremlin.