Abbas calls journalist Abu Akleh 'voice of the nation'

At reporter's funeral, says Israel is responsible

12 May, 12:00

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, MAY 12 - "We are today saying goodbye to Shireen Abu Akleh, who was the voice of the truth and the voice of the nation," Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday at the Muqata palace in the West Bank in front of the body of the Al Jazeera journalist killed on Wednesday in Jenin.

    "We place the full responsibility (for her death) on Israel.

    We refuse to carry out a joint investigation with Israelis, who committed this crime. We do not trust them," Abbas said.

    He added that the case would soon be submitted to the International Criminal Court. Beside the president were Prime Minister Muhammed Shtayeh and Minister Hussein a-Sheikh.

    The van carrying the coffin was escorted by a crowd when it left from a Ramallah hospital to the Muqtada and the presidential palace was also filled with people.

    The reporter - who was Orthodox Christian - will be buried on Friday in a Jerusalem cemetery. (ANSAmed).

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