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Massive crowds expected for burial of slain journalist in tense Jerusalem

Police were girding for possible unrest early Friday ahead of the funeral of slain journalist , with tens of thousands or more mourners expected to attend her Jerusalem funeral with tensions already running high.

Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American reporter who covered the Mideast conflict for more than 25 years, was killed by gunfire to her upper body Wednesday morning while covering clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during a military raid in the West Bank city of . The death sparked international condemnation, though its not yet clear who is responsible for her killing.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of “executing” her, and rejected Israeli calls for a joint investigation to determine responsibility. Israeli officials have declared that it is too soon to determine who fired the bullet that killed her. Defense Minister Benny Gantz was quoted telling foreign reporters on Wednesday night

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