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Palestinians welcome foreign support in inquiry into reporter's death

WorldMay 14, 2022 12:01PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Family and friends carry the coffin of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, during her funeral in a church in Jerusalem, May 13, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar Awad TPX IMAGE 2/2

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) -The Palestinian Authority said on Saturday it would welcome international support in the inquiry into the death of an Al Jazeera journalist, while Israel said it would investigate an eruption of violence at her funeral.

Israeli police charged at a crowd of Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh through Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, drawing international condemnation.

The violence 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, who was covering an Israeli raid in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, 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 that Israeli gunfire killed her.

Israel's Internal Security Minister Omer Barlev said that he and the police commissioner had appointed a panel to carry out "a comprehensive investigation of what happened during the funeral, in order to learn lessons from the event".

Findings will be presented in the coming days.

In Ramallah in the West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas renewed accusations that Israel was behind the killing.

"Israel will not be a partner in any investigation related to the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh because of its responsibility for the crime," he said on Saturday.

The U.N. 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 official, said on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) the authority would welcome the participation of international bodies in its inquiry, though it has rejected an offer from Israel, which has voiced regret over Abu Akleh's death, to cooperate in the investigation.

Israel's police said on Saturday it had tried "to facilitate a calm and dignified funeral ... and had coordinated the funeral arrangements with her family. Unfortunately, hundreds of rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police."

At a hospital in Jerusalem, a Palestinian died on Saturday of wounds inflicted during clashes with Israeli security forces three weeks ago at the al-Aqsa mosque compound.

It was the first fatality from clashes at the sensitive holy site in several years.

Palestinians welcome foreign support in inquiry into reporter's death
 

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Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 14, 2022 11:38AM ET
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Why is it that Israeli security forces constantly need to meddle in Palestinian affairs? It's a shame on Israel that it can not let Palestinian security forces handle the matter of security.
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gab nea May 14, 2022 8:26AM ET
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so if a country occupies and lords over their oppressed neighbor, you still call them a democracy?
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If they not allow israeli to be part of autopsy than any evidence they will exhibit to international inquiry is tainted since this internstional side may be biased towards israel and not independed
 
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