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At memorial, Abbas says PA will go to ICC against Israel over reporter’s death

A Palestinian honor guard carries the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was killed amid clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during an IDF raid, in Ramallah on May 12, 2022. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
A Palestinian honor guard carries the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was killed amid clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during an IDF raid, in Ramallah on May 12, 2022. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Thousands of Palestinians attend a memorial service in Ramallah for Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed in the West Bank city of Jenin amid clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during an IDF raid.

Addressing the ceremony, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he holds Israel responsible for her death and that the PA will take the matter to the International Criminal Court.

He also reiterates the PA’s rejection of a joint investigation of the shooting, suggested by Israel.

“They committed the crime and we do not trust them,” Abbas says at the presidential palace in Ramallah, adding the PA will instead “turn immediately to the International Criminal Court.”

“Israel bears full responsibility for this crime and this crime cannot go unpunished,” he says.

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