Yasser Arafat’s remains to be exhumed November 26
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Yasser Arafat’s remains to be exhumed November 26

Palestinian leader's body will be tested for traces of radiation by Swiss and French experts

A Palestinian girl standing next to the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank town of Ramallah, as Palestinian security guards stand by,  November 2011. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/ Flash90)
A Palestinian girl standing next to the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank town of Ramallah, as Palestinian security guards stand by, November 2011. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/ Flash90)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Western diplomat says the exhumation of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s remains will take place November 26.

He says a Swiss team has arrived in the West Bank ahead of the planned exhumation. The team will assess the grave site and plan how best to dig up the remains.

The Swiss team will be joined by French investigators. The two teams, who are set to conduct parallel probes into Arafat’s death, will only be allowed one chance to draw samples.

The diplomat spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

The new probes into Arafat’s 2004 death come after a Swiss lab recently discovered traces of polonium-210, a deadly radioactive isotope, on clothes said to be his.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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