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Palestinian minister dies at West Bank protest

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By Euronews
Palestinian minister dies at West Bank protest

<p>A Palestinian minister has died following a confrontation with Israeli troops at a West Bank protest.</p> <p>Palestinian medics say he died from inhaling tear gas. A photographer from the Reuters news agency said soldiers had shoved the minister. </p> <p>In images filmed at the demo shortly before Ziad Abu Ein died the minister said:</p> <p>“Nobody threw stones, nobody threw punches. It’s the Israeli terrorists, the occupiers that use force and hit us.”</p> <p>Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, had been with 100 other activists at a protest against land confiscation</p> <p>They were confronted by Israeli troops who fired tear gas and scuffles erupted. The minister was rushed to hospital by ambulance but died en route to Ramallah. </p> <p>With conflicting reports of the incident the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah said : Israeli crimes are being committed daily against our people- children, the elderly and the national leaders such as the martyr Ziad Abu Ein. From here I demand all International institutions dealing with human rights and the rights of the Palestinian people, to initiate an international investigation committee to investigate this issue as soon as possible.”</p> <p>The Israeli military said they would begin an investigation into the incident.</p> <p>The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, called the minister’s death “a barbaric act” and declared three days of national mourning.</p>