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Thousands turn out for funeral of journalist killed during Israeli military raid

Many thousands of people have attended the funeral of an Al Jazeera journalist who was killed in an Israeli military raid.

Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American reporter, covered the Middle East conflict over more than 25 years.

Journalists who were present with her in Jenin, West Bank, claimed that Israeli forces opened fire on them despite the fact they were wearing press vests and were clearly identified as journalists.

After the shooting, her body was taken to the streets with the bulletproof vest attached.

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On Wednesday, the 51-year-old died . Her death has sparked outrage in the Arab world. She was well-known after many years of being a member of Al Jazeera’s Arabic language services.

The channel accused Israel and promised legal action. Ms Abu Akleh’s fellow victim was also injured in the shooting.

The Palestinian Authority’s head has blasted Israel and rejected requests for a joint investigation.

President Mahmoud Abubas said, “They cannot hide this crime with their bodies,” as she laid with a Palestinian flag over her at the Ramallah funeral.

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Image: Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran reporter at the channel, was shown here. Pic: AP

He said, “They are the ones responsible for the crime and we don’t trust them. We will immediately take them to the International Criminal Court.”

The ICC launched an investigation into possible Israeli war crimes over a year ago.

Israel said that it is investigating the incident, after initially suggesting that she may have been shot by Palestinian militants. But Israel later reversed its position.

It would like to see a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority.

Hussein al Sheikh, an aide to President Abbas said that they would conduct their own investigation with “high transparency.”

Image Many people watched the funeral procession at Ramallah
Image The journalist’s colleagues embrace


“No militants in this area at the time of killing”

Ms Abu Akleh had been in Jenin to cover an Israeli attack. In recent weeks, militants have used the city as a base for a series of deadly attacks against Israel. The Israeli government has launched counter-terrorist operations.

Reporters with her stated that there weren’t militants in the area at that time.

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Reporter’s body was carried through Jenin streets

Antonio Gutteres, chief of United Nations, has also called for an “independent and transparent investigation”, something which Benny Gantz, Israeli defense minister has accepted.

Mr Gantz stated that he was in touch with US and Palestinian officials. He added: “We are trying figure out exactly how it happened.” I don’t know the final outcome.

Israel is accused by human rights groups of not following through on its promises to investigate these incidents and imposing harsh punishments when they do.

Recent weeks have seen at least 18 Israelis killed and scores more injured in terrorist attacks. These included a attack on in a small town near Tel Aviv.

There have been more than 30 Palestinians who died. Most of them were killed in fighting or attacks with Israeli forces. However, a woman unarmed and two passersby are also among the dead.

The escalating violence at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque last October, where more than 150 Palestinians were injured, has been blamed on the Israeli government.

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