Israel blamed by Palestine for the killing of Al Jazeera's reporter

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas bids farewell to veteran Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during a state funeral at the presidential headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 12. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that Israeli authorities were "entirely responsible" for the death of a veteran Al Jazeera journalist during riots in the occupied West Bank, and he asked for an international probe.

Wednesday in Jenin, Shireen Abu Akleh received a head wound from gunfire. Al Jazeera and the nation of Qatar, where the news network is based, blamed Israeli troops for the murder.

Israel, which has expressed grief for Abu Akleh's murder, has stated that it is investigating the killing and that a Palestinian shooter likely fired the fatal shot. It has recommended a joint investigation with the Palestinians and requested that they give the bullet for analysis.

During an official memorial service for Palestinian-American Abu Akleh, Abbas stated, "We rejected the joint investigation with the Israeli occupation authorities because they committed the crime and we do not trust them."

He stated that the Palestinian Authority "will immediately turn to the International Criminal Court to track down the perpetrators."

Al Jazeera reported that Abu Akleh, 51, wore a blue vest emblazoned with "Press" while saying from Jenin. She wrote on the most recent Israeli military arrest operation conducted in response to fatal Arab attacks on Israel. Ali Samoodi, an additional Palestinian journalist on the scene, was injured.

Abu Akleh's body was conveyed in a motorcade from a hospital in the Palestinian capital city of Ramallah to Abbas' residence. Thousands of mourners lined both sides of the road, some of whom threw bouquets.

The White House sought a "comprehensive investigation" in response to the deaths worldwide and Arab condemnation.

Publish : 2022-05-12 19:55:00

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