Senior Palestinian officials say Yasser Arafat's health deteriorated Wednesday night, and he is in serious condition and being closely monitored by doctors at his West Bank compound.
The officials are not providing specifics about Mr. Arafat's illness. They say doctors will soon determine whether to move the 75-year-old leader to a hospital.
Israeli officials say Mr. Arafat can travel to get treatment anywhere he wants. Israel also gave permission for a Jordanian medical team to visit Mr. Arafat.
Officials say Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Queria and his predecessor Mahmoud Abbas were with Mr. Arafat Wednesday night. His private physician and wife are also traveling to Ramallah.
Mr. Arafat has been ill for two weeks, and earlier this week officials said he was suffering from the flu. They say doctors from Egypt and Tunisia have ruled out stomach cancer.