U.S. Officials: Arafat on Life Support

Arafat was being kept alive by machines in a French military hospital while French, Israeli, and Egyptian officials negotiate with his family and aides over where he should be buried, two U.S. administration officials said Thursday. Arafat’s family wanted him to be buried in Jerusalem, but Israeli officials said they would not allow that. There is some discussion about Arafat being buried in Egypt. U.S. officials say that since Muslim custom requires burial within 24 hours of death, no one will declare Arafat dead until they figure out where to bury him.

Arafat on Life Support

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