French paper claims Arafat had cirrhosis of liver

17th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 16 (AFP) - The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, but his death last week was not caused by alcohol, but a variety of causes, according to Wednesday's issue of the French satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine.

PARIS, Nov 16 (AFP) - The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, but his death last week was not caused by alcohol, but a variety of causes, according to Wednesday's issue of the French satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine.

Citing doctors who "had access to the patient Arafat and his file," the generally well-informed paper said that from Arafat's admission to a French military hospital near Paris, the medical team "suspected serious hepatic lesions" that could affect the content of his blood.

Leukemia was "quickly ruled out, but the liver was in fact in bad shape," the paper said. "In medical parlance, it was a form of cirrhosis known as 'mechanical'."

"To the uninformed public, cirrhosis signals an alcoholic. But in this context, that wasn't possible," one doctor was quoted as saying.

Le Canard Enchaine noted that Arafat's living conditions of the last three years - besieged in his partly destroyed compound in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank - "did not help matters," since Arafat was "unable to obtain the treatment that was indicated by his condition."

"The most likely scenario is that there were multiple causes of death. His coma was probably caused by the aggravation of his liver condition, in other words, his cirrhosis. And to finish off, there was the hemorrhaging," the report concluded.

Rumors have been swirling in Palestinian circles and the wider Arab world that Arafat was poisoned by Israeli operatives.

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French paper claims Arafat had non-alcoholic cirrhosis of liver

PARIS, Nov 16 (AFP) - The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, but his death last week was not caused by alcohol, but a variety of causes, according to Wednesday's issue of the French satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine.

Citing doctors who "had access to the patient Arafat and his file," the generally well-informed paper said that from Arafat's admission to a French military hospital near Paris, the medical team "suspected serious hepatic lesions" that could affect the content of his blood.

Leukemia was "quickly ruled out, but the liver was in fact in bad shape," the paper said. "In medical parlance, it was a form of cirrhosis known as 'mechanical'."

"To the uninformed public, cirrhosis signals an alcoholic. But in this context, that wasn't possible," one doctor was quoted as saying.

Le Canard Enchaine noted that Arafat's living conditions of the last three years - besieged in his partly destroyed compound in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank - "did not help matters," since Arafat was "unable to obtain the treatment that was indicated by his condition."

"The most likely scenario is that there were multiple causes of death. His coma was probably caused by the aggravation of his liver condition, in other words, his cirrhosis. And to finish off, there was the hemorrhaging," the report concluded.

Rumors have been swirling in Palestinian circles and the wider Arab world that Arafat was poisoned by Israeli operatives.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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