Dec 11, 2014 3:44 AM
Death of Palestinian official blamed on tear gas
The Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) A senior official says the autopsy of a Palestinian Cabinet member shows he died as a result of tear gas inhalation and beatings allegedly sustained during a scuffle with Israeli troops.
Hussein Sheikh spoke on the Voice of Palestine radio Thursday, a day after Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain's death following a West Bank protest that included pushing and shoving with Israeli soldiers. Troops also fired tear gas at Palestinian protesters.
Sheikh, Palestinian minister of civil affairs, says delays in getting Abu Ain to the hospital also contributed to his death.
The Palestinian government was to hold a news conference about the autopsy later Thursday. It was not clear if Sheikh was expressing the official position.
Israeli and Jordanian pathologists were present at the autopsy and have not yet commented.