UK service honours slain reporter Shireen Abu Akleh’s life, work | News

The veteran Al Jazeera journalist was shot lifeless by Israeli forces on Might 11.

Dozens of individuals within the UK’s capital have attended a memorial service for Shireen Abu Akleh, the veteran Al Jazeera journalist who was shot lifeless by Israeli forces final month whereas on a reporting project within the occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin.

The service on Tuesday passed off at St Bride’s Church in central London.

Reporting from the scene, Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba mentioned the thanksgiving service was an opportunity for individuals to honour Abu Akleh and bear in mind her life and work.

It hosted by way of video hyperlink Abu Akleh’s collegaue, Ali al-Samoudi, who was shot together with her on the similar incident, along with Palestinian artist Reem Kilani and Lina Abu Akleh, the slain journalist’s niece.

“Shireen’s niece has been vocal in pushing for an unbiased investigation,” Baba mentioned.

Final week, 24 United States senators referred to as on President Joe Biden to make sure direct involvement from Washington within the investigation of the killing of Abu Akleh, who held US citizenship.

It got here a day earlier than the United Nations mentioned on Friday that info it had gathered confirmed that the bullets that killed Abu Akleh on Might 11 had been fired by Israeli forces.

A number of witnesses mentioned that Israeli forces killed the Jerusalem-born Abu Akleh. Investigations carried out by a number of media organisations have additionally come to the identical conclusion.

Israeli officers initially tried to argue that Palestinian gunmen may have killed Abu Akleh.

Nevertheless, Israel later backtracked and mentioned it couldn’t rule out the likelihood that an Israeli soldier had fired the shot.

Israel has not but concluded whether or not anybody will face felony expenses over the killing, and has not launched findings which have emerged from an inner investigation.

Al Jazeera Media Community introduced on Might 26 that it had assigned a authorized crew to refer the killing to the Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC) in The Hague. The case was just lately handed over to the ICC prosecutor. Nevertheless, the present standing of the investigation stays unclear.

The Palestinian Authority has referred to as on Israel handy over the gun that fired the shot that killed Abu Akleh.

Israel has requested the Palestinian Authority to supply the bullet extracted from her physique so Israel may conduct its personal ballistic investigation.

“We now have refused handy over the bullet to them, and we even demand that they hand over the weapon that murdered Shireen Abu Akleh,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh mentioned on the ceremony.