Former senior advisor to the late Palestinian leader says Yasser Arafat had been poisoned by a lethal dose of thallium in his food or drinking water.
Bassam Abu Sharif, once advisor to Yasser Arafat, accused Israel of poisoning Arafat through the food or drinking water that he received when he was under siege in his headquarters in Ramallah.
Arafat died of a mysterious disease in a French hospital on November 11, 2004.
Farouq al-Qaddoumi, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization official, accused acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas and another Fatah leader, Mohammad Dahlan, of collaboration with several US security officials and former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, of planning to assassinate Arafat.
Thallium is highly toxic; cases of poisoning by the substance more commonly occur after oral ingestion.