Egypt condemns Israel's killing of top Palestinian official
Ahram Online, , Thursday 11 Dec 2014
Ziad Abu Ein was killed by an Israeli soldier during a protest near Ramallah in the West Bank

Egypt has condemned the killing of Palestinian officialZiad Abu Ein at a protest near Ramallah.

Abu Ein was the head of the Palestinian Authority’s committee against the separation wall and settlements. He was also a member of the revolutionary council of Fatah.

On Wednesday, an Israeli soldier hit Abu Ein on the chest with his helmet and fired teargas at him and other activists.

The Egyptian foreign ministry demanded an immediate investigation and for the killer to be held accountable.

"The Egyptian authorities call on Israel to exercise maximum restraint and stop any use of excessive violence as it will only lead to more bloodshed between the two sides," the statement read.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing of Abu Ein as "barbaric," and announced three days mourning.

In recent months, East Jerusalem has been hit with clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces due to Palestinian fears over allowing Jewish prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims, as well as Israel's continued policy of displacing Palestinians in east Jerusalem.

Egypt has been playing a key role and making "tireless efforts" to conclude a Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire agreement during the most recent Israeli offensive on Gaza, Abbas said.

Last October, the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi hosted a high-profile conference aiming to raise billions of dollars to help rebuild the devastated Gaza Strip.