A Palestinian official in charge of the settlement portfolio was killed in a West Bank protest on Wednesday, according to Reuters news agency.

Ziad Abu Ein 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.

About 100 foreign and Palestinian activists with the Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall, the government-run protest organisation that Abu Ein headed, were on their way to plant trees and protest near an Israeli settlement when they were stopped at an improvised checkpoint, witnesses said.

A group of around 15 Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at the protesters and began scuffling with them.

Ziad Abu Ein was rushed by ambulance from the scene in the village of Turmusiya, but died en route to the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Abu Ein, who was in charge of dealing with the issue of Israeli settlements within the Palestinian Authority, “was martyred after being beaten in the chest,” Ahmed Bitawi, the director of the Ramallah hospital, told Agence France-Presse.

Mahmoud Aloul, a leading member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, said he and Abu Ain had been among dozens of protesters carrying olive tree saplings during a protest against land confiscations when Israeli troops fired tear gas at them…. see more

source: alarabiya.net