Israel’s police want to investigate the operation

The reporter who was shot dead in the West Bank on Wednesday was buried on Friday in a Christian Orthodox cemetery next to Jerusalem’s Old City. Thousands of people came to the funeral. The confrontations erupted during the procession to the cemetery. Videos showed how security forces used batons against mourners and the coffin bearers.

According to the Jerusalem Red Crescent Ambulance Service, 33 people were injured at the funeral service. Six of them had to be treated in hospital as a result. On Saturday, the head of the Israeli police ordered an investigation into the operation. The police chief, in coordination with the Minister for Public Security, ordered an investigation into the incident at the funeral procession, the police said.

Burial of Al Jazeera reporter Shirin Abu Akleh

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The police operation caused criticism and should now be investigated

EU ‘appalled’, US ‘deeply concerned’

The EU was “horrified” and issued a statement condemning the “disproportionate use” and “disrespectful behavior” of the police officers. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “deeply concerned”. US President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, spoke of “deeply disturbing” images. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also reacted “deeply concerned” to the violence.

East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem is part of the holy city that Israel conquered in 1967 and that the Palestinians claim as their capital. For Israel, East Jerusalem is part of its own capital, the area having been annexed in an internationally unrecognized move.

The Israeli police said they were forced to intervene because “rioters” tried to “disrupt the course of the funeral.” A government official said participants in the funeral procession threw “stones and glass bottles”. Pictures show Israeli police officers confiscating Palestinian flags. The State of Israel prohibits the public display of Palestinian flags.

It’s unclear who shot

Abu Akleh, 51, was shot in the head on Wednesday while reporting on an Israeli military operation in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. She had been wearing a bulletproof vest with “Press” written on it. The Palestinian Christian, who also held US citizenship, was one of the best-known journalists for the Arabic broadcaster al-Jazeera and was held in high esteem by the population.

Demonstrators commemorate Al Jazeera reporter Shirin Abu Akleh

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The Al Jazeera journalist was shot and killed on Wednesday

Israel and the Palestinians initially blamed each other for the deadly shot at Abu Akleh. Israel later admitted that the reporter could also have been killed by an Israeli shot. Journalists who were near Abu Akles during the operation said there were no gun battles in Jenin.

Protests before funeral of journalist

Palestinian demonstrators have gathered in the West Bank to protest the Israeli occupation before the funeral of a slain al-Jazeera TV reporter. The journalist Shirin Abu Akle was shot and killed during an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank. It is unclear who is responsible for her death.

According to an interim report on the investigation released by the Israeli army, “it is not possible to determine the origin of the shot.” The correspondent died either from Palestinian scattered fire or from an Israeli sniper targeting Palestinian militants.

UN Security Council demands clarification

Israel has called for a joint investigation and the release of the fatal bullet for a forensic examination. The Palestinian Authority rejects this. In a statement passed unanimously, the UN Security Council condemned the violent death of the journalist.

“The members of the Security Council called for an immediate, thorough, transparent, fair and impartial investigation into their killing and stressed the need for accountability,” the most powerful UN body said in a statement.

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