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Witness says Palestinian Cabinet minister dies amid West Bank clash with Israeli troops

  • FILE - Ziad Abu Ain, Palestinian deputy minister of prisoner affairs speaks to reporters during a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, in this Dec. 10, 2012 file photo. Mahmoud Aloul, a leading member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said Cabinet member, Ziad Abu Ain, died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a Palestinian protest in the West Bank Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014 near the West Bank village of Turmus Aya. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    FILE - Ziad Abu Ain, Palestinian deputy minister of prisoner affairs speaks to reporters during a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, in this Dec. 10, 2012 file photo. Mahmoud Aloul, a leading member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said Cabinet member, Ziad Abu Ain, died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a Palestinian protest in the West Bank Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014 near the West Bank village of Turmus Aya. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Israeli soldier pushes Palestinian Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain, left, during a protest in the village of Turmus Aya near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Abu Ain died shortly after the  protest in which witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of Palestinians marchers. Witnesses also said Abu Ain, was beaten by an Israeli soldier. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    An Israeli soldier pushes Palestinian Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain, left, during a protest in the village of Turmus Aya near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Abu Ain died shortly after the protest in which witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of Palestinians marchers. Witnesses also said Abu Ain, was beaten by an Israeli soldier. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain, left, takes part in a protest against Israeli settlements in the village of Turmus Aya near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Abu Ain died shortly after the  protest in which witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of Palestinians marchers. Witnesses also said Abu Ain was beaten by an Israeli soldier. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain, left, takes part in a protest against Israeli settlements in the village of Turmus Aya near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Abu Ain died shortly after the protest in which witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of Palestinians marchers. Witnesses also said Abu Ain was beaten by an Israeli soldier. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

A witness says a member of the Palestinian Cabinet has died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a Palestinian protest in the West Bank.

Mahmoud Aloul, a leading member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said the Cabinet member, Ziad Abu Ain, died shortly after the incident Wednesday near the West Bank village of Turmus Aya. Aloul says he and Abu Ain had been among dozens of protesters carrying olive tree saplings during a protest against land confiscations when Israeli troops fired tear gas at them and later beat some of the participants with rifle butts.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the report.