Arab League Calls for Committee to Look Into Arafat’s Death

July 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Arab League is calling for the establishment of an independent, neutral committee to look into the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Egypt’s state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

The league, meeting in Cairo, said the committee should include prominent figures who would work in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, Arab and international institutions, the agency reported.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month given permission to exhume and examine the remains of Arafat. The move came after Al-Jazeera television said Swiss experts have discovered traces in Arafat’s clothes of the radioactive isotope polonium, which could have poisoned him.

Arafat, who died in a Paris hospital in 2004, is buried in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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