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ARAFAT REPORTED SERIOUSLY ILL AS SELF-RULE NEARS

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PLO leader Yasser Arafat was reported to be seriously ill, and his doctors planned to move him to a hospital in Amman, Jordan, PLO officials and diplomats said Thursday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Arafat, 64, was ordered to rest in bed after he became ill following a meeting Wednesday with three U.S. congressmen.Aides said doctors have advised him to enter the King Hussein Medical Center in Amman, where he was operated on more than two years ago to remove a blood clot in the brain caused by a plane crash in the Libyan desert in 1991.

His wife, Suha, told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but declined to specify what these were.

Arafat has often wriggled out of tight spots in the past by feigning illness and there was speculation that he might be doing it again.

Arafat is grappling with serious problems in establishing Palestinian self-rule in the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho.