There was a scene of trouble in the heart of the Middle East on Friday as thousands of Palestinians flocked to Jerusalem., she died two days ago while covering an army raid on the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Al Jazeera said Israel warned Abu Akleh’s brother to limit the size of funeral processions and told him not to raise the Palestinian flag or shout slogans. The network said he had rejected attention that would have been difficult to pay attention to given the pouring grief and anger over the reporter’s murder.
A video clip aired from Al Jazeera, which accuses Israeli soldiers of deliberately firing at Abu Aqle, shows Israeli riot police fighting with mourners and firing tear gas after people tried to move her coffin outside a Jerusalem hospital on Friday. this is included
At one point, her coffin almost looked like it had fallen to the floor in close combat. As the Palestinians chanted anti-Israel slogans, projectiles could be seen flying.
Israel has stepped up security in Jerusalem ahead of a funeral as Palestinian officials continue to support al-Jazeera’s claims that Abu Aqle had been killed by Israeli forces. Palestinian authorities have refused to cooperate with Israel in the investigation of her death, despite requests from Israel and the United States.
A 51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist was shot in the head while covering clashes in the huge Jenin refugee camp on the West Bank’s west bank, even though he was wearing protective gear labeled journalist.
The Israeli leader initially claimed that he was “probably” hit by gunfire by Palestinian militants who fired shots beyond his control, but Israel’s military chief of staff saidIt could be a gun shot by an Israeli soldier.
Defense Secretary Benny Gantz said late Wednesday that “it was a Palestinian who shot her” or could have fired “on our side”.
“We’re not sure how she was killed, but we want to know the truth behind this case and bring as much truth as possible,” Gantz said on Wednesday.
Abu Akleh’s body was moved from the West Bank to Jerusalem for a funeral on Friday. Her funeral procession began at a hospital in East Jerusalem, where her body was buried with her parents in a nearby cemetery after final tributes were paid at a church in the Old Town.
But violent clashes between mourners and Israeli security forces began shortly after the coffin was released from the hospital. The video showed security forces and mourners fighting, including Abu Akleh’s brother, and several others briefly detained.
Eventually the confusion subsided and the procession moved to the church. Her coffin was being carried to the cemetery following a large crowd, and there were no immediate signs of further trouble en route.
The Israeli military said an initial investigation on Friday showed a massive gunfight between security forces and Palestinians about 200 yards from the place where Abu Akle died on Wednesday, but it is unknown which side was responsible for the fatal shooting.
to statementThe military reiterated the Israeli government’s claims that Palestinian militants recklessly opened fire, including an Israeli military vehicle, near where the journalist was struck.
The military said it could not determine who shot the journalist without a ballistic analysis of the trajectory that killed Abu Akleh. Palestinian authorities did not allow Israeli officials access to the bullet that killed the Al Jazeera journalist.
CBS News’ Khaled Wassef contributed to this report.