Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was eating soup during a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia when he vomited and passed out,
according to a bodyguard who was in the compound. He is set to leave for Paris where he will undergo further tests. There are indications that the
ailing leader is suffering from leukemia.
Yasser Arafat's health has apparently gotten worse according to a Palestinian official. A team of doctors has been summoned to his compound to
examine the Palestinian leader. Arafat has been feeling ill for two weeks and has been allowed by Israeli to leave his compound to seek medical
Current reports indicate that Arafat collapsed and was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital. He is rumored to be in "serious" or "critical"
condition, though no official status has been given.
UPDATE: More details have emerged: Within hours of Arafat’s collapse, a special committee of three senior Palestinian officials was formed to assume
the powers held by Arafat. The members of the committee include: Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, his predecessor, Mahmoud Abbas, and Salim
Zaanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council.
Control of Palestinian Authority Now In Hands Of Committee
UPDATE: October 28, 2004
Despite confusing statements being issued from Arafat’s Gaza compound, it appears that the Palestinian leader is going to be moved to a hospital in
Paris. His wife who lives in France, has flown to Gaza to be with her husband. A close associate described Arafat as “too weak to stand, appeared
confused and spent most of the day sleeping”. If Arafat does indeed fly out of Gaza to Paris, it is unclear if the government of Israel will allow his
UPDATE: October 30, 2004
Palestinian officials prepared to move the ailing Yasser Arafat out of his sandbagged headquarters to a hospital in Paris Thursday as
associates described an Palestinian leader who was too weak to stand, appeared confused and spent most of the day sleeping. One Palestinian official
said earlier he expected Arafat to be flown by helicopter to Amman. If Arafat were taken to the hospital, it would highlight the severity of the
health crisis and mark the first time for him to leave his battered Ramallah headquarters since he was confined there by Israel in 2002.
French medical experts specializing in leukemia are examining Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at a French military hospital to determine if he
suffers from this disorder. A Palestinian official who declined to be identified has this to say: "It looks like it's leukemia, They are trying to
find out if in fact it is leukemia, and if so, what type. They are trying to see what is the best way to treat it." Arafat who was flown from his
Ramallah compound first to Jordan then on to France is expected to stay in the country for 4-5 weeks. Despite previous threats, the government of
Israel has reversed itself and indicated that Arafat would be allowed to return to Gaza following treatment.
Arafat May have Leukemia
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Yasser Arafat's health deteriorated Wednesday and a team of doctors went to his compound to examine the Palestinian
leader, a Palestinian official said.
The 75-year-old Arafat has been ill for two weeks, suffering from what Palestinian officials said was the flu. Israeli officials speculated he might
have stomach cancer, but two of Arafat's doctors said Wednesday that a blood test and a biopsy of tissue taken from his digestive tract showed no
evidence of cancer in that part of the body.
On Tuesday, a hospital official said Arafat was suffering from a large gallstone. The gallstone, while extremely painful, is not life-threatening and
can be easily treated, the official told The Associated Press.
Late Wednesday, Arafat's condition worsened and doctors were sent to examine him, an official in Arafat's office said.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas were summoned to the compound to meet with Arafat, the official said.
The two entered Arafat's room, but other Palestinian officials were kept out, the official said.
Qureia and Abbas have both been touted as possible political heirs to Arafat, though the Palestinian leader has bickered with both and blocked their
attempts to limit his powers. Arafat has refused to groom a successor, for fear of nurturing a rival who could threaten his rule, and no clear
challenger has emerged.
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While some speculated that he had cancer, a tissue biopsy of his digestive tract has ruled that out. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and
former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas were summoned to his bedside and met with him alone. Both are rumored to be successors to him. This is a
developing story and the available news is limited at this time.
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