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Arafat Remains Reburied After Samples Taken

Arafat Remains Reburied After Samples Taken

The remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were reburied on Tuesday after samples were taken to be tested for signs he was poisoned, Palestinian sources said.

Palestinian officials had originally planned a military ceremony to accompany the reburial of the remains after their exhumation.

But sources said the samples were removed from the remains directly from the grave, so there was no need to rebury them in a new ceremony.

The removal of the samples was conducted by a Palestinian doctor in the presence of experts from Switzerland, Russia and France. Palestinian officials were expected to give a press conference to discuss the process at 1200 GMT.

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