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  Yasser Arafat's health 'worsens'
Updated 05 November 2004, 07.26
Yasser Arafat
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been moved to intensive care at the hospital in France where he is being treated for an unknown illness.

He's been feeling ill for several weeks, and a Palestinian official has confirmed he has fallen into a coma.

Although it's not clear what illness Mr Arafat has, he is thought to have a blood disease and is known to have been sleeping a lot over the last week.

Top Palestinian officials is due to meet to discuss the crisis.

Earlier, one of Mr Arafat's assistants sent a message to US President George W Bush congratulating him on his re-election.

He also said he hoped Mr Bush would bring peace to the Middle East and "guarantee the just national rights of the Palestinian people".

Popular leader

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

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

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

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

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