Israel police close probe into Shireen Abu Akleh funeral violence

Israel police close probe into Shireen Abu Akleh funeral violence

Israel police close probe into Shireen Abu Akleh funeral violence

Israel police close probe into Shireen Abu Akleh funeral violence

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  • Israeli police conduct investigation into violence at Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral.
  • She was shot and killed while covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin camp.
  • Palestinian probe said that an Israeli soldier shot her which is described as a war crime.
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Israeli police stated Thursday that an internal investigation into the violence at the funeral of deceased Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh had finished, but that no conclusions had been released.

The police launched the probe following an international outcry after the veteran reporter’s coffin was almost dropped when police attacked the pallbearers during her funeral last month.

Thousands had attended the service in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, and images of the unrest were broadcast live on TV. Israeli authorities blamed Palestinian protesters for the ugly scenes.

Read more: Al Jazeera to send a legal team to ICC over Shireen Abu Akleh’s murder

Police commander Kobi Shabtai said Thursday that “we cannot remain indifferent to these harsh images and we must investigate so that sensitive events of this order are not violently disturbed by rioters.

“The police under my instructions investigated to assess the action of its forces on the ground in order to draw conclusions and improve the operational progress in this type of event,” he said in a statement.

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The results of the probe were presented to the minister of public works, said a police spokesperson.

Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist working for the Qatar-based broadcaster, was shot and killed last month while covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank.

Read more: Palestinian probe finds Shireen Abu Akleh ‘murdered’ by Israeli soldier

A Palestinian probe said that an Israeli soldier shot her dead in what it described as a war crime.

Israel has denied the allegations, arguing that she could have been killed by a Palestinian gunman.

Abu Akleh’s brother Anton rejected out of hand the police probe into the unrest at her funeral.

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“We don’t care what Israel says or does, everything is clear from the photos. The police are the aggressors,” he told AFP. “They are trying to cover up their actions and mistakes.”

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