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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is suffering from a potentially fatal blood disorder, which will require more tests to determine the cause, one his doctors says.
The doctor, speaking on the condition of anonymity, says Mr Arafat requires tests that cannot be conducted in the West Bank.
"His blood cells, which should normally destroy microbes, are currently destroying blood platelets," he said.
He says the disorder could have been triggered "by an inflammation caused by a virus, a cancer or blood poisoning."
Originally posted by FredT
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.