Today, Friday, the Israeli occupation forces prevented the exhumation of the body of colleague Shireen Abu Aqleh from the French hospital, repressed the funeral procession and beat the mourners.
The Israeli occupation police broke into the car carrying the body of colleague Shireen and removed the Palestinian flag.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said that the assault on the funeral procession by the occupation police caused many injuries among the mourners.
Later, the body was transferred to the Roman Catholic Church in occupied Jerusalem and funeral ceremonies began.
The occupation police also assaulted the participants in the funeral ceremonies of their colleague Sherine in the vicinity of the Roman Catholic Church.
Previously, the Israeli occupation subjected some of its soldiers to an investigation into the murder of Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Aqleh, while at the same time restricting her funeral arrangements, and as new testimonies about the crime emerged, Washington entered in line and expressed a new position
The Israel Radio and Television Corporation said an army investigation revealed that Shireen Abu Aqleh was shot dead from inside a jeep.
The Washington Post quoted an Israeli military official as saying that the army is investigating 3 incidents of shooting by its soldiers during the killing of Abu Aqila.
The newspaper added that the occupation army is investigating the accusation of one of its members killing Shireen Abu Aqleh.
The Israeli website Walla confirmed that the occupation army does not rule out, at this stage, that its forces mistakenly attacked Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Aqleh and killed her.
For its part, the American newspaper “The Wall Street Journal” quoted an Israeli military official as saying that it cannot be ruled out that the bullet that killed Al-Jazeera correspondent Shirin Abu Akleh came from the Israeli side.
He added that the army identified a shooting that took place the day before yesterday, Wednesday, by Israel, which is believed to have caused the death of Abu Aqila.
In the same context, the commander of Israel’s Central Command, Major General Yehuda Fox, said – in an interview with an Israeli channel – that he does not rule out any possible motive for the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Fox added that Israeli soldiers fired indiscriminately in various places, and that the cause of Abu Akleh’s injury is not known for sure at this time.
Evidence and data
An investigation by Al-Jazeera, by analyzing data from the scene of the murder, revealed the presence of Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh in the crosshairs of the occupation forces.
The geographical location of the clip, which shows the shooting by Palestinian resistance fighters, indicates that they were 260 meters from the Shirin Abu Aqleh site, and the two sites were separated by residential buildings of different heights, which rules out the existence of a clear firing range between the two places.
New field testimonies have emerged confirming Israel’s involvement in the murder of journalist Abu Akleh and denying the presence of armed Palestinians near the site of the operation.
The French news agency quoted its photographer in Jenin as saying he saw no Palestinian fighters near the spot where Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Aqleh was martyred.
The agency added that its photographer confirmed that the shooting was carried out by the Israeli army, and that he saw the body of our colleague Shireen, who was wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest on which the word “press” was written.
The testimony of the Agence France-Presse photographer joins the testimonies of other journalists and photographers who denied the Israeli story, which initially tried to evade responsibility for the murder of Abu Aqila and blame it on Palestinian gunmen.
Meanwhile, US State Department regional spokesman Samuel Warburg said the United States stands ready to provide any assistance in the ongoing investigations into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh.
Warburg added, in an interview with Al Jazeera, that Washington does not believe that the International Criminal Court is the most appropriate place to consider such a case.
He also stressed that the United States expects the perpetrators of the murder of journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh to be fully accounted for, stressing that Washington will closely follow the ongoing investigations into the circumstances of her murder.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Tony Abu Aqleh, brother of the late colleague Sherine, said that the occupation forces rejected the presence of any Palestinian flag inside the family’s home.
He added: “The Israeli occupation forces are waiting for the funeral and we hope it will take place in peace.”
Abu Aqleh promised that the family would use all means to bring the perpetrators to justice, “and we will seek legal advice and demand a transparent international investigation with the participation of the Palestinian Authority.”
“The issue of holding Sherine Abu Aqle’s killers to account is our cause and the cause of the free world,” said Al-Jazeera channel director Ahmed Al-Yafei.
Al-Yafei, who participated in the deceased’s funeral in occupied Jerusalem, promised that Al Jazeera would continue to cover the Palestinian issue, saying: “We will hold Sherine Abu Aqila’s killer to account.”
On the other hand, the Israeli daily Maariv reported that hundreds of Israeli policemen are deployed, openly and secretly, to accompany Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral.
The Times of Israel said Israeli police were preparing for possible riots early Friday, ahead of Abu Akleh’s funeral.
Burial procedures for colleague Shireen Abu Aqleh are scheduled to be completed today in occupied Jerusalem.
Yesterday, Thursday, an official and public procession of the body of the martyr colleague from the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah took place to the headquarters of the Palestinian presidency.
Amid a large public presence on the road, the body of the martyr was wrapped in the Palestinian flag and transported in a military vehicle, where an official funeral and farewell ceremony were held.
Israeli police surrounded mourners at the dead body of colleague Shireen Abu Aqleh in front of the French Hospital in Jerusalem, and the occupation forces also obstructed the funeral procession heading to Jerusalem, the Al-Jazeera correspondent reported.
And the Israeli occupation forces killed our colleague, Shireen Abu Aqleh, while she was on her way to cover the situation and events in the Jenin camp on Wednesday morning.
Al-Jazeera producer Ali Al-Samudi, who was attacked along with his colleague Sherine, was also injured when he was shot in the back.
The crime was met with angry Arab and international reactions, as governments, unions and organizations demanded an investigation of the crime and held its perpetrators accountable.
Today, Friday, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, said that the Israeli occupation is killing journalists and media professionals because they expose their crimes and plans.
Sabri emphasized that “the conviction is firm and the crime of the occupation authorities is clear in the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh.”