Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Who to believe?

Either Arafat had a heart attack, or he didn't. You decide.

From The Guardian:

Yasser Arafat has suffered a mild heart attack but the Palestinian leadership has sought to keep his health problems secret for fear it will "create panic".

The 74-year-old Palestinian president, who is suffering from Parkinson's disease, disappeared from public view last week and re-emerged at the weekend looking extremely ill. His face was pale and pinched, he had lost weight and he was almost inaudible. He had trouble standing for more than a few minutes at a time.

The Palestinian press said he was suffering from flu. But Palestinian officials told the Guardian that Mr Arafat had suffered a heart attack last week. "Although he has had a slight heart attack, the doctors say he will make a full recovery. He is in full control. There is nothing to worry about," said a close aide to Mr Arafat, who did not wish to be named.

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The Egyptian press recently reported that Mr Arafat has sought the help of the government in Cairo to ensure that when he dies he is buried next to the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site. Israel would have to give its consent for Mr Arafat's body to be moved from Ramallah to Jerusalem. Israeli officials say that would be unlikely in the present climate.


And now, Al Jazeera:

Palestinian President Yasir Arafat’s advisers have denied a report that he suffered a mild heart attack, insisting the veteran leader is suffering from a stomach flu.

Arafat has been considerably pale and weak during some appearances the past week.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper quoted aides close to the 74-year-old as saying he had a “slight heart attack” last week, but it was kept under wraps for fear of creating panic.

Chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saib Uraikat dismissed the report on Wednesday.


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