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DOCTORS treating Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat carried out an electroencephalogram (EEG) today, a French medical source said, describing it as "a sign of extreme gravity".
Originally posted by phreak_of_nature
Just heard a report ask the President during is press conference that he ahd heard that Arafat had just passed away, and what were the president's thoughts on that.
Bush said something like God rest is soul, then moved on.
Originally posted by Esoterica
Well, what was he supposed to day? Good riddance to that fleabag? Woulda helped out the peace process a whole bunch, that.
What I heard is that an aide walked up to Bush to inform him of Arafat's death during the conference. When you get a message that a political leader has just died on the spot, and with no other information to go on, the best thing to do is to say "Too bad" and move on with more pressing amtters.
According to reports from Percy Military Hospital, Arafat is in critical condition, and his days are numbered. According to estimates, Arafat is suffering from either a growth in his intestines or stomach, or from blood poisoning.
A source quoted on French television said that Arafat is breathing with the help of a respirator and is not responding to medical treatment that is being administered. The source, a doctor in the hospital, claims that Arafat has no chance of coming out of the coma. The doctor, who asked to remain anonymous, said that in the past three years Arafat's health has been neglected, which led to its deterioration.
Hospital officials have challenged reports that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has died after falling critically ill last night.
French and Israeli television stations said the PLO chief is brain dead in the Paris hospital where he is being treated after being transferred from the West Bank to a Paris hospital earlier this week.
Arafat is being treated in intensive care after his admission to the military hospital.
Media reports suggested Arafat died shortly after 4.00pm - a claim that was challenged by a hospital spokesman within minutes of the claims being broadcast on the world's media.
"He is not dead," said a spokesman speaking outside the Paris hospital.
The development followed days of confusion about Arafat's condition in the West Bank and Gaza.
Originally posted by QuietSoul
The spokesman that stated Arafat is not dead is the Head of the Hospital, not just a mere spokesman.
YASSER Arafat "is not dead," the top medical official for the the French defence forces said outside the military hospital in a Paris suburb treating the 75-year-old Palestinian leader.
"His clinical situation has become more complex," General Christian Estripeau told reporters.
Originally posted by Esoterica
I'm getting a feeling this may be damage control, though. The more time you can put before declaring Arafat dead, the better. The Palestinians are not going to take this news lightly, and even a few hours time may be what is needed to get whatever assets (police, military) in place before a possible outbreak of violence.
November 5, 2004
ISRAELI Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today reaffirmed that he would block moves to bury Yasser Arafat in Jerusalem,
"As long as I am in power, and I have no intention of leaving, he (Arafat) will not be buried in Jerusalem,"public radio reported amid conflicting reports over whether the Palestinian leader had died. public radio quoted Mr Sharon as telling a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
A team headed by Sharon's private secretary, Israel Maimon, has drawn up a report to explain the premier's refusal and why such a burial would be unpopular in the country as a whole.
Amid confusing statements over Palestinian leader’s condition, Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia assumes some of his powers as Palestinian Authority chairman while Palestinian officials attempt to hammer out order of succession in Ramallah.
Activity sparked by Luxembourg prime minister’s announcement that Arafat had died Thursday evening. In Paris, Percy hospital issued a denial, stating his condition had deteriorated and he was under treatment in intensive care unit.
DEBKAfile’s sources report both statements true if Arafat is brain dead and kept alive on life support machines. Paris may be delaying final announcement for all-clear from Palestinian officials. Hence confusion.