Palestinians mourn the casket of slain Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as clergy pray over it, at a church in Jerusalem, before her burial on May 13, 2022. RONALDO SCHEMIDT AFP JERUSALEM - Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist who was killed while covering clashes in the occupied West Bank, was buried on Friday in Jerusalem.
Thousands of Palestinians attended the burial, which started with a church service in east Jerusalem in the morning. The last respects were paid in the Old City, said her employer Al Jazeera TV, where she was laid to rest in a nearby cemetery.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said that Abu Akleh, 51, was shot by the Israeli troops in the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning while covering an Israeli military raid. She died shortly after.
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Israeli authorities initially claimed she was hit by indiscriminate gunfire from Palestinian militants, while officials from the Al Jazeera network accused Israel of deliberately killing the veteran journalist.
The Israeli military issued initial findings of its investigation on Friday, saying that the gunfire was heavy in the vicinity of Abu Akleh and her team during the incident, and it is not possible to unequivocally determine the source of the gunfire that hit and killed her.
The military added that there were a number of details requiring further clarification at the end of the initial investigation.
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