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LIVE BLOG: Thousands expected at Al Jazeera journalist’s funeral

Israel resumes raids in West Bank area where journalist was killed

The Israeli military said its forces were conducting counter-terrorism activities on the outskirts of Jenin, where Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on Wednesday. Her funeral procession in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday is expected to draw thousands.

Hundreds of Israeli officers were to be deployed in the area of the funeral to ensure it proceeds without confrontations, a spokesman said. (Source: Reuters)

US Ready to Assist Probe Into Killing of Al Jazeera Reporter – White House

The United States stands ready to assist Israel and the Palestinian Authority in their investigations into the killing of Al-Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but neither side has requested help, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Thursday.

“We stand ready to assist either party in any way that we can, neither side has asked for our assistance at this time,” Psaki said during a press briefing.

Antonio Guterres delivers a statement at the Necessidades Palace in Lisbon, Portugal. EPA/ANDRE KOSTERS

UN chief appalled at Al Jazeera reporter’s killing

UN Secretary General António Guterres says he is “appalled” by Wednesday’s killing of veteran Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla.

In a statement issued via his spokesperson late on Wednesday, Guterres called on “the relevant authorities to carry out an independent and transparent investigation into this incident and ensure that those responsible are held accountable”.

He further said: “The secretary general condemns all attacks and killings of journalists and stresses that journalists must never be the target of violence.”

WATCH: Fellow journalist recalls last moments with murdered Al Jazeera colleague

While the circumstances around the murder of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh remains unclear and under investigation, the media network condemned Israel’s killing and called it a ‘blatant murder’.

Fellow journalist Mujahid Al Saadi recalled the moment when Shireen was shot and said she had been wearing a helmet, but the bullet was aimed under her ear.

Read the full story here.

Al Jazeera journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces in West Bank

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian American journalist for the Al Jazeera news network in the West Bank early Wednesday, according to the network and the Palestinian Health Ministry, in the latest casualty of a months-long escalation of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, a longtime Al Jazeera correspondent, was shot in the head while covering Israeli raids in the Jenin refugee camp, according to the network and the ministry. She was taken to a hospital before dying from her wounds.

Read the full story here.


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