Yasser Arafat collapsed Wednesday evening, was unconscious for about 10 minutes and remained in a “very difficult situation,” Palestinian officials said. A team of Jordanian doctors was urgently summoned to treat the ailing Palestinian leader.
Within hours, three senior Palestinian officials formed a special committee to run Palestinian affairs during Arafat’s illness, according to a Palestinian official in Arafat’s office.
The committee includes Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, his predecessor, Mahmoud Abbas, and Salim Zaanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council.
The committee was to run the PLO and the Palestinian Authority until Arafat recovers, the official said on condition of anonymity.