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The state funeral of the slain Al Jazeera journalist will be held at the presidential palace in Ramallah.
Ramallah, Occupied West Bank— A state funeral for the slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is expected soon in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
The ceremony will begin Thursday morning at the Istishari Hospital in the occupied West Bank city, where her body will be taken to the Palestinian Authority (PA) presidential palace, where President Mahmoud Abbas plans to honor her and bid her farewell.
Soon, Abu Akleh will be serving his military service at the compound.
Following the ceremony, Abu Akleh’s body will be transported to St. Louis French Hospital in Sheikh Jarrah, Occupied East Jerusalem, where Abu Akleh’s family lives.
Abu Akleh’s funeral is expected on Friday in occupied East Jerusalem.
Journalists and mourners began gathering at the hospital Thursday morning in preparation for the ceremony.
On Wednesday, Abu Akler was honored in several Palestinian cities, such as Jenin, Nablus and Ramallah, where she was killed, as it was brought to the city. Several protests were held, attended by hundreds of Palestinians.
Witnesses, including an Al Jazeera reporter, said Abu Ake was killed by Israeli forces during coverage of the raid on Jenin on Wednesday morning, denying Israel’s initial claim that Palestinian fighters may have been responsible and that clashes were taking place over Abu Ake. Occurs near Lai. and her crew, who were clearly marked as members of the press.
Al-Jazeera journalist Aliza Moody was also shot dead, saying Israeli forces opened fire on Abu Akl.
Israel now appears to be pulling back on its initial move after government officials, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, claimed that a video that appeared to show Palestinian fighters firing on a Jenin alley proved Palestinians killed Abu Akl. some of the claims.
Verification showed that the alley was not where Abu Akler was shot.
Israel’s military chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochawi, now says it’s unclear who shot Abu Akler.
Abu Akleh, a well-known and respected television journalist in Palestine and the wider Arab world, joined Al Jazeera in 1997, a year after Al Jazeera was established.
The 51-year-old Palestinian-American Jerusalem native reports from the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the wider region.