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Death of Palestinian Cabinet member ignites Palestinians, Israelis clash


Jerusalem (Dec. 11, 2014): Israeli paramilitary border police clashed Thursday with 60-100 rock-throwing Palestinians in the West bank city of Hebron, the Israeli military said.

The confrontation came a day after a Palestinian Cabinet member died following a scuffle with Israeli troops during a protest elsewhere in the West Bank.

Israel has reinforced its forces in the area with two battalions of soldiers and two companies of border police to deal with rising Palestinian anger that has erupted in the wake of the death of Ziad Abu Ain yesterday.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests in the Hebron clashes.

An autopsy has yet to determine what killed Abu Ain, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called him the victim of a "clear crime" and a "barbaric act."

He decreed three days of mourning for the minister, whose portfolio included organising protests against Israeli settlements and the West Bank separation barrier.

Abu Ain's funeral is scheduled to begin later today in the West Bank city of Ramallah.