Palestinians welcome foreign support in inquiry into reporter's death

Hussein al Sheikh, a senior PA official, says authority would welcome participation of international bodies in its inquiry, but has once again rejected an offer for a joint probe from Israel; meanwhile, Israel says it will investigate conduct of police at funeral procession

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The Palestinian Authority said on Saturday it would welcome international support in the inquiry into the death of an Al Jazeera journalist, while Israel said it would investigate an eruption of violence at her funeral.
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  • Israeli police charged at a crowd of Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh through Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, drawing international condemnation.
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    מחאה מחוץ לבית החולים בירושלים בו שמורה גופתה של שירין אבו עאקלה
    מחאה מחוץ לבית החולים בירושלים בו שמורה גופתה של שירין אבו עאקלה
    Israeli police clash with a crowd of Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh
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    The violence added to Palestinian outrage over Abu Akleh’s killing, which has threatened to fuel tensions that have escalated since March.
    Israel’s Internal Security Minister Omer Barlev said that he and the police commissioner had appointed a panel to carry out “a comprehensive investigation of what happened during the funeral, in order to learn lessons from the event.”
    Findings will be presented in coming days.
    Palestinian authorities have described the death of Abu Akleh, who was covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, as an assassination by Israeli forces.
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    שירין אבו עאקלה
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    Shireen Abu Akleh
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    Israel initially suggested Palestinian fire might have been to blame, but officials have since said they could not rule out it was Israeli gunfire that killed her.
    The U.N. Security Council has 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 the authority would welcome the participation of international bodies in its inquiry, though it has rejected an offer from Israel, which has voiced regret over Abu Akleh’s death, to cooperate in the investigation.
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    מחאה מחוץ לבית החולים בירושלים בו שמורה גופתה של שירין אבו עאקלה
    מחאה מחוץ לבית החולים בירושלים בו שמורה גופתה של שירין אבו עאקלה
    Israeli police clash with a crowd of Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh
    (Photo: AFP)
    Israel’s police said on Saturday it had tried “to facilitate a calm and dignified funeral … and had coordinated the funeral arrangements with her family. Unfortunately, hundreds of rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police.”
    At a hospital in Jerusalem, a Palestinian died on Saturday of wounds inflicted during clashes with Israeli security forces three weeks ago at the al-Aqsa mosque compound.
    It was the first fatality from clashes at the sensitive holy site in several years.
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