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Israeli police clash with mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh


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Clashes erupted Friday in Jerusalem as mourners attended the funeral of veteran American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead on Friday while covering a raid in the city of Jenin, in the West Bank.

Hundreds of people reportedly gathered outside St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem for the procession where mourners attempted to carry Abu Akleh’s coffin to a Greek Orthodox church where his service was to be held.

Family and friends carry the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed in an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, as clashes erupted with Israeli security forces, during his funeral in Jerusalem, May 13, 2022.
(REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

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Police erected barricades outside the hospital in an attempt to force mourners to carry his coffin by car rather than on foot.

Local Israeli media reported that some held Palestinian flags and chanted what police described as “calls to incite nationalization”.

It’s unclear how the motorcade escalated into a violent clash, but Israeli police reportedly used stun grenades on the crowd.

Those carrying the coffin were also beaten with batons, several news outlets reported.

The coffin was then brought back inside the hospital and transferred by car to the place of service.

At least six rioters were arrested by Israeli police and 10 people required medical attention following the clash.

Abu Akleh has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict extensively for more than two decades and has been considered a “voice” for Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority rejected Israel’s offer of a joint investigation on Thursday and said it would conduct its own independent investigation into his murder.

Israeli police clash with mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Members of the Israeli security forces detain a man during the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed in an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, in Jerusalem on May 13, 2022.
(REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hinted this week that “there is a significant possibility” that she was shot dead by Palestinians in a firefight.

But his former employer, Al Jazeera, described his death as “a flagrant murder” by Israeli forces and claimed that Israel “only intended to prevent the media from doing their duty”.

The circumstances of his death have been disputed as Palestinian and Israeli officials disagree on who is responsible.

Al Jazeera’s West Bank correspondent Nida Ibrahim said she was covering an Israeli military raid in Jenin, just north of the West Bank, when Abu Akleh was “hit by a bullet in the head”.

Israeli police clash with mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Mourners hold a banner depicting slain veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as they march from Jerusalem’s Old City to her burial site, Friday, May 13, 2022. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian journalist- journalist who has covered the Middle East conflict for more than 25 years, was shot dead in an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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She described her colleague’s death as “a shock”.

Abu Akleh and another journalist – who was also shot but in stable condition – were wearing bulletproof vests often worn by members of the press when in war zones at the time of the shooting. the incident.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

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