Thousands mourn slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as Palestinians call for accountability

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Family, friends and colleagues of slain Al Jazeera writer  Shireen Abu Akleh transportation  her coffin to a infirmary  successful  the East Jerusalem vicinity  of Sheikh Jarrah connected  May 12.

Ramallah, West Bank (CNN)Thousands of mourners gathered successful the West Bank metropolis of Ramallah connected Thursday to mourn slain Al Jazeera writer Shireen Abu Akleh, arsenic the Palestinian Authority vowed to instrumentality the lawsuit to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Journalists, diplomats, spiritual leaders, and officials including Arab members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, attended the memorial procession astatine the Palestinian Authority President's residence, which saw Abu Akleh's Palestinian-flag-draped coffin carried successful arsenic grant guards played philharmonic instruments. Crowds that had gathered connected the streets extracurricular the residence were heard chanting "the honorable dependable ne'er dies" and "we sacrifice our humor and tone for you, Shireen."

The memorial was attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who successful a code astatine the lawsuit rejected Israel's connection for a associated probe into Abu Akleh's sidesplitting and vowed to instrumentality the lawsuit to the ICC.

    "We rejected, and proceed to reject, the associated probe with the Israeli concern authorities due to the fact that they committed the transgression and we bash not spot them," said Abbas, lasting earlier Abu Akleh's coffin. "We volition spell instantly to the International Criminal Court to way down the killers."

      Shireen Abu Akleh, writer  killed successful  the West Bank, was 'the dependable   of Palestinian suffering'

      The Palestinian-American was changeable dormant connected Wednesday portion reporting connected Israeli subject raids successful the West Bank metropolis of Jenin. Akleh's producer, Ali Al-Samudi, was besides changeable and is successful unchangeable condition, the Palestinian wellness ministry said.

      Al Jazeera has accused Israeli information forces of deliberately targeting and sidesplitting Abu Akleh, 51 -- 1 of the Arab world's astir salient journalists. Her decease was met with determination and planetary outrage and calls for accountability.

      The circumstances surrounding her decease are unclear. Three eyewitnesses told CNN that the journalists were changeable by Israeli troops and that determination were nary Palestinian militants adjacent to the journalists astatine the time.

        Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid projected a associated Israeli-Palestinian probe into the decease connected Wednesday.

        The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said its forces came nether dense occurrence during the counterterrorism operation, and that they returned fire.

        IDF International Spokesperson Amnon Shefler told CNN precocious connected Wednesday that the Israelis "just don't cognize yet" who killed Abu Akhleh, successful what appeared to beryllium a softening of erstwhile statements by Israeli officials that said she was "likely" changeable by crossfire from Palestinian militants.

        Her employer, Al Jazeera, called her decease "a blatant murder" by Israeli forces.

          Abu Akleh's ceremonial volition instrumentality spot connected Friday successful the Roman Catholic Church successful Bab Al-Khalil, earlier she is buried successful Jerusalem's Mount Zion Cemetery adjacent to her parents.

          CNN's Celine Alkhaldi and Nadeen Ebrahim successful Abu Dhabi contributed to this report.

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