Yasser Arafat's body to be exhumed on Tuesday for cause of death
The body of former Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday and samples will taken to be tested to know the cause of his death.
Forensic experts from three countries, France, Switzerland and Russia, will each take own samples from his remains for testing to determine if Araft was poisoned to death in 2004, Tawfiq Tirawi, head of the Palestinian investigation committee, said.
According to CNN, the tomb in the West Bank city of Ramallah will then be closed back up on the same day, Tirawi told a news conference in Ramallah.
He said that Arafat will be reburied with a military ceremony.
The occasion is likely to be an emotional one for many Palestinians who view Arafat as a symbol of resistance.
"Tuesday 'will be one of the most difficult days of my life because of many personal, national and symbolic considerations,'" said Tirawi.
"But I consider it a painful necessity. This is necessary to reach the truth in the death of President Yasser Arafat," he said.
According to the report, Palestinian officials hope the tests will clear up questions over whether Arafat's death eight years ago was the result of poisoning by the radioactive element polonium.
The Palestinian Authority, which runs the West Bank, says it is convinced Israel is behind any poisoning of Arafat. Israel has declined to comment on the allegation, it added.