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PA: International bodies can participate in probe into reporter’s death, not Israel

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The Palestinian Authority said on Saturday that while it would welcome the participation of international organizations in a probe into the death of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, Israel would still not be permitted to join their investigation.

“We welcome the participation of all international bodies in the investigation of the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh, by communicating with the specialized Palestinian public prosecution, which issued its initial report yesterday,” Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs head Hussein al-Sheikh said on Twitter.

There was no further clarification on the extent of participation that would be allowed by any international organizations.

Al-Sheikh said that scenes of violence at Abu Akleh’s funeral on Friday had reinforced the belief of Palestinian officials that there should not be a joint investigation with Israel.

“What happened in [Abu Akleh’s] funeral yesterday by the occupation forces reinforces our position rejecting Israel’s participation in this investigation,” Al-Sheikh tweeted.

Scenes of Israeli police rushing participants in the funeral of Abu Akleh, using force against Palestinians who were carrying her casket outside a Jerusalem hospital and nearly toppling it, drew widespread condemnation on Friday.

Abu Akleh, 51, was killed by gunfire Wednesday morning while covering clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.

While Israel has called for a joint investigation into the death of the reporter, the Palestinians have repeatedly rejected the request.

The White House has called for an “immediate and thorough” probe into the death of Abu Akleh, who held American citizenship, while the UN Security Council on Friday called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and fair and impartial........

© The Times of Israel

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