Some Palestinian officials say ailing leader Yasser Arafat has fallen into a coma while in the intensive care unit of a French hospital.

But there are conflicting reports about his condition, with other officials denying that he is unconscious. There are multiple reports that his condition is very serious.

Doctors at the Paris hospital are expected to speak to reporters later today (Thursday) about Mr. Arafat's status.

The longtime Palestinian leader has been receiving emergency medical treatment at the military hospital since late last week, although the nature of his illness has not been announced.

Officials say he was experiencing intense stomach pains, diarrhea and vomiting.