Abbas: I know who killed Arafat

Palestinians wave their national flag as they take part in a rally marking the 12th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (portrait background) in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2016
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Abbas: I know who killed Arafat

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said Thursday he knew who killed Yasser Arafat as he marked the 12th anniversary of the former leader’s death but stopped short from giving a name.
Speaking in front of thousands, Abbas said “you ask me who killed him, I know — but my testimony alone is not enough.”
“A commission of inquiry is digging into that, but you’ll find out at the earliest opportunity and be amazed when you know who did it.”
“I do not want to mention names, because these names do not deserve to be remembered,” he added.
Arafat rose to become the leader of the Palestinian movement in the late 1960s, leading an armed struggle against Israel.
He died on Nov. 11, 2004 at a hospital near Paris from unknown causes at the age of 75.
More than a decade after his death, he remains a towering figure in Palestinian culture, politics and society.
The Palestinians have long accused Israel of poisoning him, charges the Israeli government firmly denies.
His body was exhumed in 2012 for tests but a subsequent French investigation found no proof of poisoning.
The Palestinians rejected that report, citing apparent inconsistencies between the French findings and separate ones from Switzerland and Russia that gave currency to alleged poisoning by polonium.
Abbas and his longtime rival Mohammed Dahlan have both accused each other of complicity in Arafat’s death in the past.
Abbas’s comments came with some Arab countries reportedly pressuring the 81-year-old to allow Dahlan, who has been in exile in the United Arab Emirates, to return to the West Bank.
Those moves come amid talk of who will succeed Abbas.
Sources in Abbas’ Fatah movement said Arafat’s death could be discussed at the party’s seventh annual conference, with the commission of inquiry potentially announcing its conclusions.
The conference will be held on Nov. 29.


Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey, but no one hurt

Updated 20 August 2018
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Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey, but no one hurt

  • Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car and targeted security booth
  • The US mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha

ISTANBUL: Turkish media reports say shots were fired at a security booth outside the US Embassy in the capital, Ankara.
Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car and targeted security booth outside Gate 6 early Monday. It said one bullet hit a window but no one has been hurt.
The US mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha.
Police were dispatched after the shooting about 5 a.m. and were searching for the car.
Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over the case of an imprisoned American pastor, leading the US to impose sanctions and increased tariffs that sent the Turkish lira tumbling last week.