U.N. wants probe into Palestinian minister’s death
The Security Council called on all sides to exercise maximum restraint
The U.N. Security Council called for a speedy and transparent investigation after a senior Palestinian official died during a confrontation with Israeli soldiers, Agence France Presse reported.
The Palestinian leadership has blamed Israel for “killing” 55-year-old Ziad Abu Ein on Wednesday, which came during an anti-settlements protest march by roughly 300 Palestinians who intended to plant olive trees as a symbolic act.
Ziad Abu Ein was a Palestinian official in charge of the settlement portfolio. He died shortly after being hit and shoved by Israeli soldiers during the protest in the occupied West Bank, a Reuters photographer who witnessed the incident and a medic said.
Israeli authorities say an investigation has been launched and called for calm, amid speculation the Palestinian Authority would suspend security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank.
A Security Council statement issued late Friday “encouraged the parties to ensure that a swift and transparent investigation is undertaken. Council members took note of the willingness of the government of Israel to conduct a joint investigation into the incident.
“The members of the Security Council called on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”