World Bulletin / News Desk
The Israeli army has absolved several soldiers of wrongdoing in connection with the death of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official Ziad Abu Ein, who died last month in the West Bank following a confrontation with Israeli troops, Israeli media has reported.
A probe by the army's General Officer Commanding in Central Command Nitzan Alon found that the troops had acted properly when they scuffled with Abu Ein after dispersing a Palestinian demonstration in the West Bank, Israel's Channel 10 reported.
The Dec. 10 death of Abu Ein, the PLO official in charge of the Israeli settlements file, had sparked anger in the Palestinian territories and aggravated tension in the volatile region.
The Palestinian Authority, for its part, called the incident a "barbaric attack" by Israeli troops and held the Israeli government responsible for Abu Ein's death.
At the time, Israel's Health Ministry said a preliminary autopsy report had shown that the death was caused by a "blocked coronary artery."
The army probe, however, cleared the soldiers of any responsibility for Abu Ein's death, Channel 10 reported. It also exonerated one soldier who had been filmed manhandling Abu Ein during the incident.