The funeral procession of the murdered Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem turned violent. Thousands of people attended the ceremony.
on video images It can be seen How the men carrying the coffin are attacked by Israeli police officers. A number of participants carry the Palestinian flag. Officers kick and hit people with batons. The box almost falls to the ground.
Police say “hundreds of people disrupted public order” before the funeral procession began. She says the “rioters” started throwing stones at the police and the police had to intervene. “If you don’t stop at these nationalist chants, we will have to disperse you by force and let the funeral go,” an officer said in a video released by the police.
Abu Akleh, 51 years old, was Shot dead on Wednesday When she was talking about an Israeli army raid on the occupied West Bank. Al Jazeera accuses Israel of killing their co-worker. “They condemned Israel and held it accountable for the killing of our colleague Shireen Abu Akle,” the news channel wrote in a statement on Wednesday. Photos taken immediately after her death show that Abu Okla was known as a journalist: she was wearing a flak jacket with a “press” in white lettering and a helmet.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett insists that the journalist be killed by “Palestinian fire”. Israel promised to open an investigation into the death. The United Nations and the US ambassador to Israel, among others, called for a thorough investigation. Abu Okla was a US citizen.
Abu Akle’s farewell meeting in Ramallah also attracted thousands of onlookers on Thursday. She is buried next to her parents in a cemetery in East Jerusalem.
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