Arafat's widow calls his death a mystery

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 1:04 PM

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The widow of Yasser Arafat says she sees a spiritual significance in the timing of her late husband's exhumation, which came just two days before a U.N. vote on whether to recognize a Palestinian state.

Suha Arafat told The Associated Press on Thursday at her home in Malta that the exhumation to determine whether Arafat had been poisoned "was as if his soul was resurrecting" ahead of Thursday's vote in the General Assembly.

Mrs. Arafat called the former Palestinian leader's death in November 2004, a month after suddenly falling ill, "the most important mystery of the Middle East."

Arafat's remains were exhumed in the West Bank on Tuesday in a renewed investigation into his death. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, which has denied the allegations.

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