Arafat in­gested deadly amount of polo­nium, lab finds

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LAU­SANNE | Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat in­gested lethal ra­dioac­tive polo­nium be­fore his death nine years ago, and it could not have been by ac­ci­dent, Swiss sci­en­tists said Thurs­day.

The Swiss lab ex­am­ined Arafat’s re­mains, his un­der­clothes and a travel bag that he had with him in the days be­fore his death in a Paris hos­pi­tal and found that the polo­nium and lead amounts could not be oc­cur­ring nat­u­rally.

The time frame of his ill­ness and death also were con­sis­tent with polo­nium poi­son­ing, they said. aban­doned, the in­spec­tors said Thurs­day.

The joint mis­sion by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons and the United Na­tions, which is over­see­ing the de­struc­tion of Syria’s chem­i­cal arse­nal, vis­ited 21 of the sites last month but were un­able to visit two be­cause of fight­ing in the ar­eas.

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