Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday paid tribute to Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank, a day after she was shot dead during an Israeli airstrike.
Israel and the Palestinians have blamed each other for the killing of a 51-year-old Palestinian journalist and head of the Al Jazeera Arabic Service in Qatar. while reporting on the Jenin refugee camp.
The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have all backed a full investigation into what Al Jazeera has dubbed the killings, but the Palestinian Authority has refused to cooperate with Israel.
A funeral service was held at the residence of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, attended by senior foreign diplomats, as thousands attended, due to the popularity of the late Shireen Abu Akleh among Palestinians. paraded through the streets, to mourn the coffin-covered corpse of a Palestinian, passing through the center of Ramallah
In a speech today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stressed the blame for Shireen’s death on Israel and ruled out a joint investigation with the Israeli government.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett initially said the journalist may have been mistakenly killed by Palestinian militants, but later Defense Minister Benny Gantz acknowledged that she may have been shot dead by security forces or by Palestinians.