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Feb 14, 2022
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Former Qatari PM And FM Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani: Yasser Arafat Was Killed By Members Of His Inner Circle

#9377 | 01:43
Source: The Internet - "AlQabas TV (Kuwait)"

In a February 14, 2022 interview with AlQabas TV (Kuwait), former Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani discussed the death of Yasser Arafat and potential Israeli involvement, based on meetings that he was privy to. He concluded that members of Arafat's own inner circle had given Arafat something to "finish him off."

Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani: "I have definite information that..."

Interviewer: "That what?"

Al Thani: "I do not want to go into details, because it happened in my office, with a Palestinian individual and the Israelis. We discussed how Arafat could get out of the [Muqata'a siege] crisis safely, without being killed."

Interviewer: "In 2002?"

Al Thani: "No, it was probably after 2002, but it happened, and we were surprised that afterwards [the Palestinians] said that there was no need for such a 'conspiracy.' We were flabbergasted. We thought that something might be plotted against him. After two or three months, they said that Yasser Arafat was ill.

"One day they wanted him to leave without coming back - and I do not want to go into details - and the next day they said that there was no need for that, and the problem will be resolved automatically. This means that something was given to Yasser Arafat to finish him off."

Interviewer: "Do you lean towards the narrative that Yasser Arafat was killed?"

Al Thani: "No, this not a narrative, this is the truth."

Interviewer: "That he was killed?"

Al Thani: "Yes, certainly. And it was done by someone in his inner circle."

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