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Friday, May 13, 2022

VIDEO: Israeli forces attack mourners carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh to church for her funeral in Occupied East Jerusalem

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Her coffin was jostled as Israeli police and Palestinians clashed as it left a hospital in East Jerusalem. (Read More Here).

Abu Aqla, who worked for Al Jazeera, was shot dead on Wednesday while reporting on an Israeli operation.

The killing sparked widespread condemnation, with Israel and the Palestinians trading blame.

The Palestinian Authority and Al Jazeera claimed Abu Aqla was shot dead by Israeli forces, while Israel said it was not yet possible to determine what happened and that she could have been killed by Palestinian gunfire.

She was given the rarity of a funeral at the compound of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, where her coffin was brought draped in the Palestinian flag. President Abbas paid tribute to her, describing her as a "martyr of the free word" who "sacrificed her life" to defend the Palestinian cause.

"We hold the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for her killing and they will not be able to conceal the truth with this crime," he said.

He said he would refer the case to the International Criminal Court, which investigates potential war crimes.

There was no immediate response from the ICC or the Israeli government to Mr Abbas' stated intention. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has accused Mr Abbas of "throwing blame at Israel without any basis."

Abu Aqla was wearing a blue flak jacket, clearly marked with the word "Press", when she went to the Jenin refugee camp early on Wednesday to report on the Israeli raid. The Israeli military said the operation was to apprehend "terrorist suspects".

It said "tens of Palestinian gunmen fired at and hurled explosive devices toward the soldiers. The soldiers responded with fire toward the gunmen and hits were identified".

Another Palestinian journalist, Al Jazeera producer Ali Samoudi, was shot and wounded during the violence.

Speaking on Wednesday, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Aviv Kochavi said Abu Aqla was killed "in a battle zone", adding that the Israeli military regretted her death.

The IDF found, in the next stage of its investigation into the bullet that killed of Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was inconclusive as to which side shot the bullet.

The IDF has released the preliminary investigation into the death of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying that it is still impossible to determine who shot her.

IDF troops entered Jenin on Friday and were seen at the location where Akleh was killed. As part of the investigation into her death, the Israeli military is attempting to reconstruct the incident in order to understand from where the bullet was fired.

Though there were several clashes, the army is investigating the specific firefight in which Abu Akleh was shot and has asked all troops invovled in that clash to hand over their weapons so that the military can perform ballistic investigations on them.

The military said that they entered Jenin in order to carry out arrests and were met by “widespread and uncontrolled gunfire” as well as accurate shots and improvised explosive devices hurled towards troops. 

“During the end of the operation, in broad daylight and when forces had left the camp, a journalist who was in the area of the fighting was injured during an exchange of fire.”

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