Wednesday, October 27, 2004

one good thing about the flu shot shortage

Yasser Arafat loses consciousness because of a severe bout of the flu!

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, 75, has lost consciousness, Israeli public

radio reported, quoting Palestinian sources.

He lost consciousness "several hours ago", it said.

Arafat's senior adviser Nabil Abu Rudeina, meanwhile, confirmed that a team of doctors was examining the veteran Palestinian leader.

"A team of Tunisian and Palestinian doctors is examining the president," Abu Rudeina said in a statement read out to journalists in front of Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

He said Arafat "needs more rest because of his fatigue" and added that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah II had offered to send doctors.

A source close to the Palestinian Authority said earlier that Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO's No 2, and premier Ahmed Qorei were also at the bedside of Arafat, 75, who officially has been suffering from a severe bout of flu.