According to media reports, Israeli security forces are on heightened alert before the funeral of a reporter who was killed on the Al-Jazeera TV station. Thousands are expected to attend the funeral of Shirin Abu Akle, who was shot dead in the West Bank on Friday afternoon. She is to be buried in a Christian Orthodox cemetery next to the Old City of Jerusalem.
The journalist was shot dead during an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. It was initially unclear who was responsible for the death of the 51-year-old, who is well known in the Arab world.
The Israeli army on Wednesday reported a fierce firefight involving dozens of Palestinian militants during a raid in Jenin. Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said it was not possible at this time to determine which side was responsible for the fatal shooting.
Al-Jazeera, on the other hand, accused Israel of targeted, cold-blooded murder. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also spoke of a “crime of execution”. Israel has denied the allegations and called for a joint investigation. However, the Palestinians have refused.
Since March, a wave of terror has killed 18 people in Israel, and Palestinians in the West Bank shot dead an Israeli security guard. 17 people died in attacks in the Israeli cities of Beersheva, Hadera, Bnei Brak, Tel Aviv and Elad.