Arafat, the Palestinian Authority chairman, ordered his security forces to be extra alert following Yassin's assassination. The Web site said Arafat believes Yassin's death was part of a new Israeli policy that ends the PA chairman's immunity.
Palestinian sources said Arafat might seek try to replace Yassin with increased cooperation with Hamas. With the exception of Yassin, most senior Hamas commanders had dismissed Arafat as a force in Palestinian society.
Arafat ordered his commanders to prepare for large-scale Israeli operations in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the site reported. It said Arafat was placed in a special "security room" to avoid being a target of Israeli snipers.
"We believe the president is a target," an Arafat aide said.