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  Arafat arrives at French hospital
Updated 29 October 2004, 21.35
Yasser Arafat
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is having urgent treatment for his illness at a hospital in Paris.

Mr Arafat travelled to France by helicopter, after Israel said it would definitely allow him to return from treatment abroad.

He had been having stomach pains for over two weeks before his condition got worse on Wednesday night.

A Palestinian spokeswoman said Mr Arafat had gastric flu, but full diagnosis would take a few days.

Mr Arafat was accompanied by his wife, Suha, when he arrived at the hospital where is being treated.

It's thought the medical centre specialises in blood disorders.

While Mr Arafat is having treatment the Palestinian Authority, the prime minister and legislative council will take over leadership.

Popular leader

Arafat's compound in Ramallah
Arafat's compound in Ramallah

Mr Arafat is the most popular Palestinian leader, and many see him as a symbol of their struggle with the Israelis.

He's been forced to stay in his compound on the West Bank since 2001.

Israel accuses him of stirring up violence, which he denies.

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