Erdogan: Palestinian minister's death is a despicable Israeli act

"Turkey will continue to fight against Israel's anti-humanitarian and outrageous actions," Turkish president says.

December 11, 2014 09:15
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Though the cause of death was still unclear, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Israel following the death of a Palestinian minister in the West Bank on Wednesday.

Ziad Abu Ein died after being shoved and grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest on Wednesday. 

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The minister's cause of death was not settled on Thursday morning, with Palestinian and Israeli  officials issuing conflicting accounts of the autopsy.

"I am remorsefully condemning this despicable Israeli act," Erdogan said in an online statement, Anadolu news agency reported.  

"This incident which took the life of Abu Ein is the latest example of Israel's stance to the Palestinian people, comprised of violence, occupation and destruction," the statement read.

"Turkey will continue to fight against Israel's anti-humanitarian and outrageous actions alongside the Muslim world and other members of the international community," he added.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed condolences to Palestinians in a written statement and said the incident should be investigated objectively, Turkey's Zaman news agency reported. 

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