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Health Rumors Swirl Around Yasser Arafat - 2004-10-23


A team of Tunisian doctors has arrived in the West Bank to perform a series of medical tests on Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.

Mr. Arafat's aides dismissed Israeli media reports that the 75-year leader is gravely ill, saying the check-up is purely routine and that Mr. Arafat is recovering from a bad case of the flu.

Last week, a team of Egyptian doctors went to the Palestinian leader's Ramallah compound to examine him.

Aides say the Palestinian leader is tired and has been fasting from dawn-till-dusk for Ramadan.

Mr. Arafat has long been rumored to suffer from Parkinson's disease.

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