Israeli police push and hit mourners carrying slain Al Jazeera journalist’s casket



Israeli law enforcement officials charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, earlier than 1000’s led her casket by means of Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis in an outpouring of grief and anger over her killing.

Packed round Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of Palestinians, some waving Palestinian flags and chanting “with our soul and blood we’ll redeem you Shireen,” started strolling towards the gates of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Israeli law enforcement officials, in an obvious bid to cease them continuing by foot slightly than taking the coffin by automotive, burst by means of the courtyard gates and charged on the crowd, some beating pallbearers with batons and kicking them.

At one level the group carrying her coffin backed towards a wall and virtually dropped the casket, recovering it simply earlier than one finish hit the bottom as stun grenades detonated.

Including to tensions

The violent scenes, which lasted solely minutes, added to Palestinian outrage over Abu Akleh’s killing, which has threatened to gasoline violence that has surged since March.

The violent scenes, which lasted solely minutes, added to Palestinian outrage over Abu Akleh’s killing, which has threatened to gasoline violence that has surged since March. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Photographs)

Abu Akleh, who had lined Palestinian affairs and the Center East for greater than 20 years, was shot whereas reporting on an Israeli raid within the occupied West Financial institution on Wednesday.

Palestinian authorities have described Abu Akleh’s killing as an assassination by Israeli forces. Israel’s authorities initially prompt Palestinian hearth may need been accountable, however officers have additionally mentioned they might not rule out it was Israeli gunfire that killed her.

Israeli police mentioned a bunch of Palestinians outdoors the hospital, whom they described as rioters, had begun throwing stones at officers. “The policemen had been compelled to behave,” they added.

Qatar and Al Jazeera condemned the police’s conduct. Deputy UN spokesperson Farhan Haq mentioned the scenes had been “very surprising,” and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield mentioned she was “deeply distressed by the photographs,” whereas the EU mentioned it was appalled.

A couple of minutes after police intervened, Abu Akleh’s coffin was positioned in a automobile that headed towards the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin in Jerusalem’s walled Outdated Metropolis, the place the funeral ceremony proceeded peacefully.

Crowds of Palestinians lined the slim alleyways of the Outdated Metropolis because the coffin was carried to the Mount Zion Cemetery close by.

Household and associates carry the coffin of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh throughout her funeral in Jerusalem on Friday. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Her grave was lined in wreaths and the Palestinian flag draped over the grave cross as mourners surrounded it solemnly, paying tribute to Abu Akleh.

“We’re right here as a result of we’re screaming for justice. Justice for Shireen Abu Akleh and justice for Palestine,” mentioned one mourner, who didn’t wish to be recognized by identify.

No conclusion from preliminary Israeli probe

The Israeli navy mentioned on Friday that its preliminary investigation “concluded that it’s not doable to unequivocally decide the supply of the gunfire which hit and killed Ms. Abu Akleh.”

She could have been killed by pictures fired by Palestinian militants taking pictures at Israeli navy autos or been hit inadvertently by an Israeli soldier returning hearth, it mentioned.

A Palestinian man rides his bicycle in entrance of a mural painted by an artist in honour of slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, in Gaza Metropolis on Friday. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Photographs)

Israeli forces on Friday resumed raids on the outskirts of Jenin, the place Abu Akleh was killed, and the Palestinian Well being Ministry mentioned 13 Palestinians had been wounded.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, in the meantime, claimed accountability for the demise of an Israeli police officer in an alternate of gunfire in Jenin.

A spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, mentioned occasions in Jerusalem and Jenin may push the perimeters into critical escalation.

Abu Akleh’s demise has drawn widespread condemnation. Video footage from the moments after she was shot confirmed Abu Akleh, 51, carrying a blue vest marked “Press.”

At the very least two of her colleagues who had been together with her mentioned that they’d come below Israeli sniper hearth and that they weren’t near militants.

Israel, which has voiced remorse at Abu Akleh’s demise, has proposed a joint investigation with the Palestinians, asking them to offer the bullet for examination.

The Palestinians have rejected the Israeli request and have referred to as for a world investigation.

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