Yasir Arafat's body exhumed to test for poison

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The body of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat was exhumed on Tuesday in response to allegations that he had been poisoned before his death, reports MSNBC.

Arafat's widow Suha called for an investigation in July when she said she suspected polonium poisoning as his cause of death, reports the New York Times.

Investigators had also detected signs of polonium on some of Arafat's possessions earlier this year, reports CNN.

After Arafat's body was uncovered, forensic investigators took samples for testing, reports MSNBC. His grave was re-covered within hours and while an official reburial ceremony was called off, Palestinian leaders were present at the time to lay down wreaths.

Arafat died eight years ago of a stroke in a French hospital at the age of 75, reports the New York Times.

While the cause of the infection that caused the stroke is unknown, French doctors did not find any immediate signs of poisoning in 2004, according to the New York Times.

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