In this image taken from video, an Israeli officer, right, grabs the throat of Palestinian Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ein during a protest in the West Bank city of Turmus Aya, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sky News Arabia via AP Video)
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Thousands of Palestinians gathered Thursday to mourn a senior official who died in a confrontation with Israeli troops, as the army sent reinforcements to the West Bank and braced for unrest.Abu Ein died Wednesday after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers during a protest march against settlements by roughly 300 Palestinians who intended to plant olive trees as a symbolic act, an AFP photographer said.A Palestinian minister said the post-mortem, which was carried out by a Palestinian, an Israeli and Jordanian doctors, had shown that Abu Ein was killed by the actions of Israeli troops.Sheikh said Israeli forces had prevented Abu Ein from getting to a hospital quickly enough to save his life.Israelis are on edge after "hit-and-run" car attacks by Palestinians that killed five people, as well as an assault last month that saw two Palestinians burst into a Jerusalem synagogue, leaving four rabbis and a policeman dead.
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