After Arafat

December 2004
Current Events;12/10/2004, Vol. 104 Issue 13, p1
This article presents information related to the demise of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The Palestinian leader lived through a plane crash, assassination attempts by Israeli intelligence agencies, and even a serious stroke. Early in the morning on November 11, 2004 Arafat faced death for the last time. After lingering in a coma for days, the 75-year-old died from an unknown illness in a French hospital. A surge of grief spread over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians, whom Arafat had led for nearly four decades, sobbed in the streets. Some wore Arafat's trademark checkered head scarves.


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