NBC News — The remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed tuesday to allow forensic experts to look for more clues about the cause of his death. The remains were taken from a mausoleum in the West Bank where Arafat was laid to rest and moved to a nearby mosque to allow doctors to take samples of his bones. Under Islamic Law, only Muslims can handle a Muslim's remains. The samples will be turned over to French, Swiss and Russian experts.
The new investigation into Arafat's death was sparked by the discovery this year of a lethal radioactive substance found on clothing said to be his. Arafat died about eight years ago in a French military hospital a month after he suddenly fell ill. The initial cause of death was a stroke, but the underlying source of the illness has never been clear which has triggered speculation among Palestinians that he was poisoned by the Israelis. The Israelis deny the allegation.