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And so, as the biggest thunderstorm to hit this region in decades descended, we were dropped off at Yasser Arafat’s tomb in Ramallah. He had died, aged 75, eight years earlier to the day.
Arafat, former leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was one of the most recognisable political leaders of the last 100 years.
The very next day this mausoleum was closed to the public as plans were put in place to exhume his body in order to certify whether he had been poisoned to death with polonium-210.
The soaking walkway to his tomb building is easily the most treacherous stretch of marble I have ever navigated. The red carpet had already turned into the world’s longest sponge.