Palestinians mull move over minister's death

PLO and Fatah leaders meet in Ramallah to discuss a response to Israel after alleged killing of Ziad Abu Ein last week.

    Mahmoud Abbas said Ziad Abu Ein was a victim of a "clear crime" and a "barbaric act"  [AFP]
    Mahmoud Abbas said Ziad Abu Ein was a victim of a "clear crime" and a "barbaric act" [AFP]

    Palestinian leaders have met in Ramallah to discuss their response to the alleged killing of a senior official Ziad Abu Ein at the hands of Israeli security forces at a protest last week.

    There was talk ahead of Sunday's meeting of the leaders from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and Fatah that a series of measures including the possibility of suspending security coordination with Israel, would be discussed, as a response to the death of Abu Ein.

    Ziad Abu Ein, a Palestinian Cabinet member, died last Wednesday shortly after an Israeli border policeman shoved and grabbed him by the throat during a protest in the occupied West Bank.

    After news of Abu Ein's death spread, clashes broke out in a refugee camp near Ramallah and an Israeli soldier shot and critically wounded a Palestinian youth, Palestinian medics said.

    Shortly after the incident, Abbas met officials from his Fatah movement and the PLO to consider a response and said all options were open.

    The meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, was delayed to Sunday, after pressure from international actors including US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

    The Jerusalem Post reported on Saturday that a source inside the Palestinian Authority revealed that Kerry had called President Mahmoud Abbas, asking him to avoid making decisions that could “complicate the situation and damage any chance of resuming the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks." 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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