violence erupts as he leaves his coffin near the hospital


Two days after the death of the Palestinian-American journalist, shot in the head during an Israeli raid in the West Bank, the first results of the investigation remain unclear. The Israeli army said Friday that it was not possible to immediately determine the origin of the shooting.

Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin camp in the northern West Bank on Wednesday when she was killed. She wore a bullet-proof vest marked “press” and a news helmet.

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“The investigation shows that there are two possibilities for the origin of the shot that killed her”, according to the Israeli army. The first option is that of “a heavy fire from Palestinian gunmen (in the direction of the Israeli military forces), while hundreds of bullets were fired from several places”. “The other option is that during the shooting, one of the (Israeli) soldiers fired a few bullets from a jeep using a telescopic sight at a terrorist who was shooting at his vehicle,” the army said. , for whom it is “possible that the journalist who was standing near the terrorist (…) was hit”.

On Wednesday, Israel, after saying that the journalist had “probably” succumbed to Palestinian fire, said it did not rule out that the bullet was fired by its soldiers. The Israeli army said it would continue the investigation with all available means but regretted the absence of key elements that could determine the origin of the shooting. The Israeli authorities are demanding that the bullet that was fatal to the journalist be given to them in order to carry out a ballistic examination. The Jewish state has proposed that Palestinian and American experts be present during this examination. The United States, the European Union and France also called on Wednesday for all the light to be shed on the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, thanks to a “transparent” investigation.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, however, said on Thursday that he held the Israeli authorities “completely responsible” for the death of the journalist, refusing a joint investigation with Israel. The scenario of an Israeli shooting is also put forward by many journalists present on the spot, who say they were also targeted.

A tense funeral

The death of this reporter, icon of Palestinian journalism, has aroused a wave of emotion in the Palestinian Territories, in the Arab world where her reports have been followed for more than two decades, in Europe and in the United States. A crowd waving Palestinian flags had thus gathered Friday morning in front of a hospital in Jerusalem at the exit of the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh. But the rally was quickly dispersed by Israeli forces.

Footage broadcast by local television shows the coffin of Qatari television reporter Al Jazeera, killed Wednesday in an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, nearly falling to the ground as Israeli police disperse the crowd.


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