Doctors examine 'seriously ill' Arafat

The Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, who has been ensconced at his Ramallah compound for more than two years now, is very seriously ill, according to reports.

Mr Arafat has been ill for the past week but his condition has deteriorated over the past 24 hours. A team of doctors from Jordan and Tunisia have been brought in to assess whether the 75-year-old should be moved to hospital.

The Israelis have offered "all necessary assistance" for Mr Arafat, saying that "humanitarian values and morality" stand over political concerns.

A spokesperson for Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said: “We are carefully following the developments regarding Yasser Arafat’s medical condition.

"Israel has made it clear to the Palestinians that it will do whatever necessary to assist in the medical care of Arafat. To date, we have approved every Palestinian request regarding the medical care and we shall continue doing so in the future."


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