Palestinian cabinet minister Nabil Sha'ath says Yasser Arafat's heart, lungs and brain are still working, but he says the stricken leader's fate is in the hands of God.
Speaking in Paris, Mr. Sha'ath said that Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia saw Mr. Arafat today (Tuesday) in a local hospital. He said Mr. Arafat is "very ill" and he confirmed the 75 year-old Palestinian leader suffered a brain hemorrhage late Monday, after slipping into a coma last week. Mr. Sha'ath said there are no plans to remove Mr. Arafat from life support.
Earlier, a top Arafat aide in the West Bank, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, said a decision has been made to bury Mr. Arafat at his leadership compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.