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Thousands march at Gaza funeral of Palestinian cameraman; INTERNATIONAL.

Thousands of Palestinians, including journalists and rival politicians, marched through Gaza City yesterday for the funeral of a TV cameraman killed while covering a Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

Fadel Shana, a 23-year-old with the Reuters news agency, was among 20 Palestinians killed in fighting on Wednesday, the worst in more than a month.

Mr Shana was hit, along with two bystanders, as he filmed Israeli tank movements.

His body was wrapped in a bloody Palestinian flag, as fellow journalists marched alongside carrying his broken camera and bloodstained flak jacket. The marchers waved Palestinian flags and carried small posters of Mr Shana posing with his camera.

"Fadal Shana, goodbye, the victim of the truth," the posters read.

Later, the body was taken to Mr Shana's home town of Khan Younis in southern Gaza where about 3,000 Palestinians attended the funeral.

Reuters released the final video taken by Mr Shana in the seconds before his death.

The footage shows a tank on a distant hilltop open fire. A shell is seen flying toward the camera followed by an explosion before the screen goes black.

Pictures taken by colleagues showed his car on fire and Mr Shana's body next to it along with several other bodies strewn along the road. His car was marked "press" and witnesses said he was wearing an identifying flak jacket.
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