Jerusalem. – Israeli Police Attack on the crowd of mourners at the funeral of the journalist on Friday Al Jazeera Shirin Abu Akleh beat the demonstrators with sticks and briefly threw the coffin to the palbearers.
The action took place during a rare display of Palestinian nationalism In East Jerusalem, the part of the holy city that Israel captured in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital.
Israel says East Jerusalem is part of its capital and has annexed the region in a move that is not recognized internationally. Israel closes regularly Against any display of support for the Palestinian state.
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Thousands of mourners, some waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Palestine, Palestine,” attended the funeral of Abu Akleh, who witnesses say was shot by Israeli forces earlier this week while covering a military incursion into the occupied West Bank Was.
“We die to live Palestine” The crowd sang. “Our lovely home.” Later, he sang the Palestinian national anthem.
Before the service, dozens of mourners attempted to walk the coffin from a hospital to a Catholic church in nearby Old Town.
Police said the crowd at the hospital raised slogans of “nationalist provocation”, ignored calls to stop and pelted stones at the police. “The police were forced to act”Police said.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military said its preliminary investigation into the death of Abu Akleh showed heavy gunfire was taking place in the West Bank city of Jenin where he died, but was unable to determine whether you were shot. was given or not. by the Israeli military or Palestinian militants.
Israel announces that an Israeli policeman has been killed In further battles in Jenin on Friday.
There has been a flood of pain in the Palestinian territories in recent days. and the Arab world in general. Abu Akleh was a highly respected live correspondent who spent a quarter century covering the harsh realities of life under Israel’s military rule, which is in its sixth decade with no end in sight.
After a heated scene outside the hospital, police allowed the family to carry the coffin to the old city’s Catholic church, which was full of mourners, before closing the hospital and firing tear gas at dozens of demonstrators.
after service, Thousands of Palestinians march to the cemetery waving flags And singing “Palestine, Palestine”.
Several hours later, he was buried in a cemetery outside the Old City.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera previously said that its managing director, Ahmed Alayafi, would travel to Jerusalem to attend the funeral.
Israel has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority and asked it to hand over the bullet to a Forensic analysis to determine who fired the fatal round, The Palestinian Authority has refused, saying it will conduct its own investigation and send the results to the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating possible Israeli war crimes.
The military said in a statement Friday that Palestinian gunmen recklessly fired hundreds of shots at an Israeli military vehicle, some in the direction of where Abu Akleh stood. He said the Israeli military retaliated and without a ballistic analysis they could not determine who was responsible for his death.
“The conclusion of the provisional investigation is that it is not possible to trace the source of the fire which reached and killed the reporter,” the military said.
The journalist who was with Abu Akleh, including a bulletHe said there was no fighting or militants in the immediate area when he was killed on Wednesday morning. They were all wearing protective gear that clearly identified them as journalists.
Either party is likely to cast doubt on any conclusions made by the other party, and there is no possibility of an independent investigation by any third party.
Palestinian Authority and Al Jazeera Accused Israel of deliberate killing within hours of Abu Akleh’s death, Israel says a full investigation is needed before drawing conclusions.
Rights groups say Israel rarely investigates the killing of Palestinians by its security forces, which on rare occasions carries generous punishments. However, the matter is coming under intense scrutiny as Abu Akle was a well-known figure and also a US citizen.
Abu Akle, 51, joined Al Jazeera’s Arabic service in 1997 and rose to fame in the early 2000s while covering the Second Palestinian Intifada, or insurgency against the Israeli regime.
he was shot in the head Covering an Israeli arrest raid in Jenin early Wednesday. Palestinians in and around Jenin have carried out several deadly attacks inside Israel in recent weeks, and Israel has launched almost daily arrest raids in the area, often clashing with militants.
Israeli troops re-enter Jenin Friday morning. An Associated Press photographer heard loud gunfire and explosions and said Israeli soldiers had surrounded a house.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said 13 Palestinians were hospitalized after being wounded in the fighting, including one with a bullet injury in the stomach. The Israeli military tweeted that Palestinians opened fire as their forces entered to arrest suspected terrorists. Police said a 47-year-old Israeli special commando unit member was killed.
In the 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the Old City and holy sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Palestinians want both regions as part of their future state. Israel did not recognize East Jerusalem internationally and recognized the entire city as its capital.
Police visit Abu Akle’s family home in Jerusalem the day he was murdered and appeared at other mourning events in the city to call for the removal of the Palestinian flag.
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Israeli police attack at the funeral of a slain Palestinian journalist