Arafat "will not recover"

Arafat is on the death-watch clock… From the Mail&Guardian:

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s condition is “extremely grave” and he will probably not recover from his illness, a French doctor said on Thursday.

The 75-year-old Arafat “is still in a coma”, said the doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The doctor said Arafat is not responding to treatment, and added: “He will not recover.”His death could come today, or he might hang on for a while. Other than PLO spokesmen, no one expects a recovery.

Update: Was Jacques Chirac his last visitor?

Update 2: Thanks to a tip from Paul we were first with the news, and as of this point still the most accuarte. Israeli TV reports that he’s brain dead, and other bloggers have reported that Arafat IS dead. I’m sticking with the the “mostly dead” story, as it is still the most accurate assessment.

ISO – An online newspaper that jumps the gun and runs one of the wire service obituaries.

Update 3:(Paul) Israel scrambles jets over Lebanon as they brace for the reaction. Here is the latest AP story. Apparently he is brain dead but still on the machines.

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