Journalist Al Jazeera shot dead while covering Israeli military operations in the West Bank, PalestineShireen Abu Akleh, buried in the Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin, Jerusalem today, Friday (13/5).
Before being buried, Abu Akleh’s body was carried on a stretcher in Ramallah while Palestinians were accompanied by takbir screams.
“Allah is the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest!” shouted the crowd who accompanied the procession of Abu Akleh’s body.
Al Jazeera reported that Abu Akleh will be buried with his parents in the Mount Zion Protestant Cemetery.
The body of Abu Akleh was herded by thousands of people and wrapped in the Palestinian flag. Many Palestinians were willing to attend the journalist’s funeral to pay their respects.
“His voice reached all homes, and his loss is a deep sorrow for our hearts,” said one of the mourners, Hadil Hamdan, quoted by AFP.
One of the mourners, Tariq Ahmed, said he had not felt this kind of pain since the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, died.
Another mourner, Ibrahim Abu Allan, was willing to visit Abu Akleh’s body even though he was wearing a wheelchair.
“It’s been a tough journey, but Shireen deserves a goodbye,” he said.
Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering the Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, Wednesday (11/5).
Many eyewitnesses say Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces. Not only that, the video shows shots being fired as other journalists at the scene tried to help Abu Akleh.
As reported CNNAbu Akleh was born in Jerusalem in 1971. He was born into a Palestinian Christian family originally from Bethlehem.