Arafat had suffered intestinal inflammation, jaundice and a blood condition known as disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC, according to French medical records. But the records were inconclusive about what brought about DIC, which has numerous causes including infections, colitis and liver disease.

As PA prepares to exhume body, Israel calls Arafat poisoning claim ‘baseless’

Government officials rejected suggestions Israel may have poisoned Yasser Arafat with lethal radioactive isotopes in 2004; top Muslim cleric gives go-ahead for autopsy.

A woman walks past a mural depicting Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Yasser Arafat in Gaza.
A Palestinian woman walking past a mural depicting Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, left, and Yasser Arafat in Gaza City on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Photo by AFP

As the Palestinian Authority prepared to exhume the body of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli government officials on Wednesday rejected suggestions that Israel may have poisoned him with a lethal radioactive isotope, polonium.

“The report is baseless,” said one senior official on condition of anonymity…

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