Palestine, Israel dispute official's death

2014-12-11 13:00
Ziad Abu Ein. (Abbas Momani, AFP)

Ziad Abu Ein. (Abbas Momani, AFP)

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Ramallah - Israeli and Palestinian officials issued conflicting accounts on Thursday of the results of an autopsy on a Palestinian minister who died after being shoved and grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest on Wednesday.

Hussein al-Sheikh, a top Palestinian official, told Reuters that Jordanian and Palestinian doctors involved in the late night examination of the body said Ziad Abu Ein, aged 55, had died from being struck, inhaling tear gas and not receiving prompt medical attention.

But an Israeli medical source familiar with the autopsy results told Reuters the minister died from a heart attack which may have been brought on by the stress of being grabbed by the neck.

According to Ahmed Bitawi, the director of the Ramallah hospital, Ziad Abu Ein, aged 55, "was martyred after being beaten in the chest".

According to AFP, Israeli forces beat Abu Ein with the butts of their rifles and their helmets during a protest march in the village of Turmus Ayya near Ramallah.

An AFP photographer said Israeli soldiers had fired tear gas as Abu Ein participated in a march of some 300 Palestinians who intended to plant olive trees.

Three soldiers grabbed Abu Ein and hit him in the chest, the photographer said. Abu Ein fell and an Israeli army doctor rushed to treat him before he was evacuated to hospital.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment.

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