UN Security Council urges calm in wake of PA minister's death

December 13, 2014 09:34

The UN Security Council is calling on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to "swiftly" investigate the death of Ziad Abu Ein, a Palestinian minister who collapsed and died on Wednesday after a confrontation with Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

Abu Ein, who headed the PLO’s Commission Against the Separation Wall and Settlements, died en route to a Ramallah hospital after being shoved and grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a demonstration near the village of Turmus Aiya.

The cause of the minister's death is still in dispute with the Israeli Health Ministry saying he died of a heart condition coupled with stress, and the Palestinians saying it was directly correlated to the altercation with officers which quickly turned violent. 

The 15 members of the Security Council issued a statement on Friday, expressing grief over Abu Ein's death and urging both sides to show restraint and prevent the situation from escalating further.

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