- Israeli police have faced mourners at the funeral of journalist Shirin Abu Akle.
- She is being rested after she was killed during a report on an Israeli raid in the West Bank.
- A large crowd gathered at her funeral in Jerusalem.
Israeli police clashed with Palestinian mourners crowded near the coffin of al-Jazeera reporter Shirin Abu Akle at the start of her funeral procession in Jerusalem on Friday.
Mask police collided with many Palestinians who waved flags and chanted St. Joseph’s Hospital in annexed Israel Eastern Jerusalem, showed television footage.
The officers then rushed to attack the crowd, and at one point the group carrying her coffin pressed against the wall and nearly tossed the box, pulling it out just before one end fell to the ground.
Scenes of violence highlighted the rise in anger over the assassination of Abu Aqla, which threatens to add fuel to an already unfolding conflict.
Palestinian mourners take out of the hospital a box with the murdered al-Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akle.
Abu Aqle, who has covered Palestinian affairs and the Middle East for more than two decades, was shot dead on Wednesday during a report on an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank.
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Palestinian Authorities have described the assassination of Abu Aqla as a killing by Israeli forces. Initially, the Israeli government suggested that Palestinian fire could be to blame, but officials also said they could not rule out that it killed an Israeli gun.
On Friday, Israeli police said a group of Palestinians, whom they called participants in the riots, began throwing stones at the hospital. “The police were forced to act,” they added. There were no immediate comments from the Palestinian Authority.
A few minutes later, the coffin of Abu Akleh was placed in a car heading to the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, where the ceremony took place quietly.
The Israeli military said on Friday that their initial investigation “concluded that it was impossible to unambiguously determine the source of the shooting that killed Ms. Abu Akle.”
Palestinian mourners wave national flags as they carry a box with the slain Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Aqelle during her funeral procession.
Two options were identified during the investigation, the military said in a statement. The first thing that Abu Aqla was struck by Palestinian militants who fired dozens of bullets at Israeli military vehicles was “this is also the direction where Ms. Abu Aqla was.”
Second, an Israeli soldier who fired back from a jeep at an armed man accidentally hit her. According to the military, the car was about 200 meters from Abu Akleh.
Israeli forces on Friday resumed raids on the outskirts of Jenin, where Abu Akleh was killed.
At least 13 people were injured, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. The military said an Israeli police officer was seriously injured in what they believed was the fight against terrorism.
The Jenin Brigade, an armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants, said its fighters were involved in armed clashes with Israeli forces in Jenin, and residents said Israeli forces had arrested an Islamic Islamic militant.
The death of Abu Aqlah has provoked widespread condemnation. In the video of the moments after she was shot, 51-year-old Abu Aqla was wearing a blue vest with the inscription “Press”.
At least two of her colleagues who were with her said they came under fire from Israeli snipers and that they were not close to the militants.
Israel, which expressed regret over Abu Aqla’s death, offered to conduct a joint investigation with the Palestinians, asking them to provide a bullet for examination.
The Palestinians rejected Israel’s request. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that Israel was fully responsible and called for an international investigation.
Israel has stepped up raids amid deadly attacks in Israel. Since March, Palestinians and members of Israel’s Arab minority have killed 18 people, including three police officers and security guards, as a result of attacks in Israel and the West Bank, which were mostly aimed at civilians.
Some of the attackers arrived from the Jenin area. Israeli raids on detention in the West Bank have often caused clashes and increased the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces or armed civilians since the beginning of the year to at least 42. The casualties include militant members, lone attackers and bystanders.