Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein, in charge of the issue of Israeli settlements for the Palestinian Authority, argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the village of Turmus Aya near Ramallah, on Dec. 10, 2014.
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December 10, 2014 7:32 AM EST

A Palestinian Cabinet minister has died after a confrontation with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian government confirmed on Wednesday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ announced three days of mourning and halted all contacts and security coordination with Israel after Ziad Abu Ein died in an incident at a protest in the village of Turmus Aya.

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat also condemned what he called an “assassination.”

“The Israel government bears full responsibility for the killing of Minster Abu Ein and the systematic crimes committed against the Palestinian people,” he said in a statement…

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