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Abbas: Ziad Abu Ein’s death was a “savage attack… that cannot be passed over ‎in silence or accepted”‎

‎"Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Head of the Committee to Resist ‎Settlements and the Wall Ziad Abu Ein died as a Martyr (Shahid) a short time ago, after ‎he was attacked and beaten by occupation soldiers and tear gas canisters were fired at ‎him during a demonstration in the village of Turmus Ayya north of Ramallah.‎
Eye witnesses said that Abu Ein was attacked by the occupation soldiers while he and ‎other Palestinian activists were planting olive trees in Turmus Ayya, and that one of the ‎soldiers struck him in the chest with a helmet. In addition, he inhaled tear gas, which ‎made him lose consciousness. He was evacuated to the government hospital in ‎Ramallah, where medical sources confirmed his death as a Martyr.‎
President Mahmoud Abbas described the savage attack that led to his death as a ‎Martyr... as a barbaric act that cannot be passed over in silence or accepted. His ‎Excellency [Abbas] emphasized: “We will take all necessary measures after learning ‎the results of the investigation of fighter Abu Ein’s Martyrdom-death. His Excellency ‎condemned the continuation of the attacks on the Palestinian people by the Israeli ‎government. The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, has declared ‎three days of mourning."‎
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Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎

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