Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Palestinians Blaming Israel for Minister's Death; Hit by Tear Gas Canister Fired by Israeli Troops

The Palestinian Authority is blaming Israel for the death of a cabinet member, saying he died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (December 10, 2014).

Arab sources said Ziad Abu Ein died en route to a hospital after being beaten by Israeli security forces during a protest in Turmus Avya near Ramallah against Israeli "land confiscations" in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said a "brutal assault... led to the martyrdom" of Abu Ein and called for three days of mourning.

Israel said in a statement that it is cooperating with the Palestinians to determine the cause of Abu Ein's death: "The coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, and his Palestinian counterpart, Hussein Al-Sheikh, have agreed that an Israeli pathologist will join a delegation of pathologists from Jordan for a joint examination of the circumstances of Ziad Abu Ein's death."

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