Reports: Arafat Clinically Dead

Politics | November 4, 2004, Thursday // 00:00
Reports: Arafat Clinically Dead Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was fighting for his life in a French hospital after slipping into a coma. The 75-year-old leader went into a coma overnight at the hospital where he has been treated since last week. Photo by Al-Jazeera

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was declared clinically dead on Thursday in a French hospital, Israeli television said citing French sources.

But Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie denied the report, saying: "I have just spoken to the officials in Paris and they say the situation is still as it was. He is still in the intensive care unit."

Israel's Channel Two television cited unnamed sources in Paris saying that Arafat underwent a brain scan and was found to be "no longer alive."

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