Israel: Serious riots at funeral of Al Jazeera journalist
Created: 05/13/2022 15:34
By: Daniel Dillman
The death of journalist Shirin Abu Akleh in Israel caused outrage around the world.
The situation escalates at her funeral.
Jerusalem - Shirin Ab Akleh was buried in Jerusalem.
The journalist from the news portal Al Jazeera was killed three days ago by soldiers from Israel during a military operation in the occupied West Bank.
According to Al Jazeera, the journalist was shot dead by Israeli soldiers.
At her funeral in Jerusalem, violent clashes broke out between radical Palestinians and Israeli security forces.
According to information from Al Jazeera, the situation has escalated, especially in East Jerusalem.
Thousands of Palestinians had previously joined the funeral procession.
Arrests were numerous when members of the funeral procession attempted to enter the church where Shirin Abu Akleh's funeral service was being held.
Riots break out at the funeral of journalist Shirin Abu Akleh in Jerusalem.
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Israel: Riots at Shirin Ab Akleh's funeral
The Israeli army had previously announced that it would investigate the events surrounding the death of Shirin Ab Akleh.
The possibility that the 51-year-old journalist was killed by armed Palestinians is also being considered, the armed forces said on Twitter.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the journalist was hit in the head by a bullet.
During the incident, another journalist, Ali Samoudi, who works for the Jerusalem newspaper Quds, sat next to her.
He was hit in the back.
Together with Abu Akleh, he wanted to report on an IDF military operation on the ground.
Schirin Ab Akleh: Reporters Without Borders demands rapid clarification from Israel
"All of a sudden they opened fire on us," he told reporters from his hospital bed.
Smoudi, who was injured in the incident, claimed no one warned him and his colleague about the shooting.
"They killed her in cold blood," he said.
"One bullet hit me, the second hit Schirin."
The death of Schirin Ab Akleh had caused international consternation.
The organization Reporters Without Borders called for an independent investigation into the circumstances of his death.
"An independent international investigation must be initiated as soon as possible," said managing director Christian Mihr in Berlin on Thursday.
Mihr criticized the announcement by Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid that his country would take part in a joint investigation.
The German federal government also called for rapid clarification.