Ziad Abu Ein (L) during a confrontation with Israeli soldiers in the context of a protest in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, 10 December 2014
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Palestinian minister dies at West Bank protest

A Palestinian official has died after a confrontation with Israeli troops at a protest in the West Bank, reports say.

A Reuters news agency photographer said Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, was hit and shoved by soldiers near the village of Turmusaya.

But Palestinian medics told the BBC that he died as a result of suffocation from tear gas that was fired.

Mr Abu Ein was rushed away from the scene in an ambulance, but died before reaching a hospital in nearby Ramallah.

Kevin Connolly reports.

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