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Arafat passes away

PARIS, Nov 11 (Reuters): Palestinian President Yasser Arafat died on Thursday at a French hospital, the chief doctor at the hospital said.

"Arafat ... died at the military hospital Percy, Clamart on November 11, 2004, at 3.30 (0230 GMT), Christian Estripeau, chief doctor and spokesman, told reporters outside the hospital in a Paris suburb.

Arafat, 75, suffered a brain haemorrhage on Tuesday at the hospital where he was flown from the West Bank on Oct. 29.

Palestinian officials said he had lain in a coma for about a week and that he had suffered liver and kidney failure.

The Palestinian officials had maintained in public that he was alive, though several aides had said privately that he died on Tuesday. The French doctors have not said publicly what illness Arafat was suffering from.

Arrangements were being hastily made on Wednesday for a funeral in Cairo and burial at his West Bank headquarters.

Earth-moving equipment set to work digging up the grounds of Arafat's shell-shattered compound in Ramallah, which was to be turned into a shrine to the icon of Palestinian nationalism.

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