LF leader Samir Geagea is seen in Maarab, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, once an arch foe of Palestinian groups in the country, offered condolences Thursday over the death of a West Bank minister who died after being choked and beaten by Israeli police Wednesday.Geagea's condolence letter appears to be in line with recent conciliatory efforts between his party, which was seen as being allied with Israel during the 1975-1990 civil war, and Palestinians.Later in the day, Geagea telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to pay his respects, according to a statement sent by the Lebanese Forces' media office.An official medical report by the Palestinian Health Ministry stated that Abu Ein's death resulted from the physical attack by the occupation forces, and was not a natural death as Israeli authorities are claiming.
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