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Syria's Asad: Israel Assassinated Arafat
InternationalSyrian President Bashar Asad accused Israel of being behind the death of legendary Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the cause of whose death still remains a mystery.
%u201DOf the many assassinations that Israel carried out in a methodical and organized way, the most dangerous step that Israel took was the assassination of President Yasser Arafat,%u201D told Asad in the Arab Bar Union gathering. Asking the lawyers to investigate the issue, the Syrian leader said those who launched an investigation about the assassinated Lebanese leader Refik Hariri are after evidences to accuse the Damascus administration; however, they remain silent about Arafat%u2019s death. Rejecting the allegations targeting Tel Aviv following the deterioration of Arafat%u2019s health condition, Israel had refuted the allegations that %u201Cit poisoned Arafat%u201D.
The cause of Arafat%u2019s death still remains a mystery. Arafat lost his life at a military hospital on 11 November 2004 in Paris. Asad did not make a clear explanation about "how Israel killed Arafat". His accusation came after Israel alleged that %u201CDamascus and Tehran played a role%u201D in the suicide attack occurring in Tel Aviv three days ago. Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz had said the suicide attack wounding 20 individuals was planned in the Islamic Jihad%u2019s office in Damascus and financed by Iran. Iran harshly refuted Israel%u2019s allegations with a statement yesterday.
In his speech, Asad also promised to accelerate reforms and to continue cooperating with the United Nations commission investigating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri%u2019s assassination; however, %u201CNational sovereignty is above everything including the UN decisions,%u201D he stressed.