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Palestinians welcome foreign support in reporter’s death investigation

The Palestinian Authority said on Saturday it would welcome international support in the investigation into the death of an Al Jazeera journalist, while Israel said it would investigate an explosion of violence at his funeral.

The death of veteran reporter Shirin Abu Akleh sparked a wave of mourning, and Israel police on Friday accused a crowd of Palestinian mourners carrying his coffin through Jerusalem’s Old City, drawing international condemnation.

The violence, which lasted only a few minutes, added to Palestinian outrage over the killing of Abu Aqleh, who has threatened to fuel heightened tensions since March.

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Palestinian officials have described the death of Abu Akleh, who was covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, as an assassination by the Israeli military.

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Israel initially suggested that Palestinian fire may be to blame, but officials have said they cannot rule out that it was Israeli shelling that killed him.

The UN Security Council strongly condemned the killing and called for an “immediate, thorough, transparent and fair and impartial investigation”.

Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian Authority official, said on Twitter that the authority would welcome the participation of all international bodies in its investigation.

The authority has rejected a proposal from Israel expressing regret over the death of Abu Akleh to cooperate with the investigation.

Israel’s police said on Saturday that it had coordinated funeral arrangements “with her family in order to facilitate a quiet and dignified funeral … and with her family. Unfortunately, hundreds of rioters sabotaged the ceremony and caused damage to the police.” Tried to deliver.

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“As with any operational incident, and certainly an incident in which police officers were subjected to violence by rioters and what force was subsequently used by the police, the Israel Police is looking into the incidents during the funeral.” Must have been,” said a statement.

The findings of its investigation will be presented in the coming days.

At a hospital in Jerusalem, a Palestinian died on Saturday from wounds sustained during clashes with Israeli security forces at the al-Aqsa mosque compound three weeks ago.

This was the first death in several years in clashes at the sensitive holy site.

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