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Palestinians bury cameraman
The flag-draped body of Mazen Dana is carried through Hebron's streets
Mourners chanted praises for Mazen and criticisms of the US
The body of Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana, shot dead by US troops in Iraq, has been buried in the West Bank city of Hebron.

About 3,000 mourners - some chanting anti-American slogans - accompanied the acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker's body through the streets.

Mr Dana, 41, was killed outside a prison west of Baghdad on Sunday after US troops said they mistook his camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

His killing has sparked an international outcry and Reuters news agency and international media rights groups are pressing for a full inquiry into his death.

The funeral procession from a mosque in central Hebron was reminiscent of final honours accorded to Palestinians killed by the Israelis, said correspondents.

It's not easy to have a picture, and a picture may be will cost you your life
Mazen Dana
Mr Dana's body, draped in a Palestinian flag, was carried aloft through streets dotted with various flags and banners - from the official Palestinian flag to the green banner of militant group Hamas.

Some people chanted "Mazen rest in peace, we will continue the struggle", while others shouted "Americans are dogs".

'Inquiry vital'

Mr Dana - who leaves a wife and four young children - had worked for Reuters for the past 10 years, covering Hebron and other trouble spots in the Middle East.

He was best known for his award-winning reporting from Hebron, where he had been beaten and wounded many times by Israeli soldiers.

Mazen Dana
Dana was an experienced conflict journalist
Collecting an award in 2001, he acknowledged that one day his job might lead to his death, but said nothing would stop him from continuing to uncover the truth.

"It's not easy to have a picture," he told the ceremony held by New York's Committee to Protect Journalists. "And a picture may be will cost you your life".

He was shot dead in broad daylight outside Abu Ghraib prison, where six Iraqis had been killed in a mortar attack on Saturday.

He had permission to film from US soldiers near the prison shortly before the incident but shots were later fired from a US tank, and the cameraman was fatally hit in the chest.

Describing the incident as a "terrible tragedy", US officials said his over-the-shoulder camera had been mistaken for a weapon and the soldier in question was being investigated.

Both Reuters and rights groups are calling for a full investigation into the shooting of Mr Dana, the 17th journalist to be killed reporting on the conflict in Iraq.

The BBC's Caroline Hawley
"Unfortunately, the killing of the cameraman was not a one-off"

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