IQNA

15:01 - May 14, 2022
News ID: 3478892
TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Palestinian Authority (PA) would welcome the involvement of international groups in the investigation into the death of an Al Jazeera journalist killed by Israeli forces.

Funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh

 

The reporter was killed while reporting on an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank.

The death of veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh has sparked an outpouring of grief and Israel police charged at a crowd of Palestinian mourners carrying her coffin through Jerusalem Al-Quds’ Old City on Friday, drawing international condemnation.

The violence, which lasted only minutes, added to Palestinian outrage over Abu Akleh’s killing, which has threatened to fuel tensions that have escalated since March.

Palestinian authorities have described the death of Abu Akleh as an assassination by Israeli forces. Israel initially suggested Palestinian fire might have been to blame, but officials have since said they could not rule out it was Israeli gunfire that killed her.

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the killing and called for an “immediate, thorough, transparent, and fair and impartial investigation”.

Hussein al Sheikh, a senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official, said on Twitter it would welcome the participation of all international bodies in its inquiry.

The authority has rejected an offer from Israel to cooperate in the investigation.

Israel police initially said some of the mourners near the coffin at Abu Akleh’s funeral threw stones at police officers.

In a later statement issued overnight, police said the mourners had not kept to the original funeral arrangement and “threatened the driver of the hearse and then proceeded to carry the coffin on an unplanned procession to the cemetery by foot”.

 

Source: Reuters

 

Tags: Palestinian ، reporter ، PA ، Israel ، Abu Akleh
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