Ziad Abu Ein lies on the ground after clashing with IDF forces
Ziad Abu Ein lies on the ground after clashing with IDF forces Reuters

The UN Security Council called for a speedy and transparent investigation after a senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official died during a confrontation with Israeli soldiers.

The PA leadership has blamed Israel for the death of 55-year-old Ziad Abu Ein on Wednesday, which came during an protest march by roughly 300 Arabs who confronted IDF soldiers and provoked them.

Israel has launched an investigation and called for calm, amid speculation the PA would suspend security coordination with Israel in Judea and Samaria.

A Security Council statement issued late Friday "encouraged the parties to ensure that a swift and transparent investigation is undertaken. Council members took note of the willingness of the government of Israel to conduct a joint investigation into the incident.

"The members of the Security Council called on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation."

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