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Israeli police raid funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

JERUSALEM — Israeli police on Friday assaulted mourners at the funeral procession for a prominent Palestinian journalist killed this week in the occupied West Bank, forcing pallbearers to nearly drop the coffin.

Video showed police in Jerusalem beating and kicking a mourner next to the coffin containing the body of journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, forcing it to the ground and the pallbearers backing away. Many around them waved Palestinian flags.

In a statement, Israeli police said they were “forced to act” during the funeral because “rioters began throwing stones at the officers” and some mourners chanted “incitement to nationalism”.

Ms. Abu Akleh, a prominent Palestinian American journalist, was shot dead Wednesday morning in the occupied West Bank during an Israeli raid on the city of Jenin. Witnesses said she was killed by an Israeli soldier.

The Israeli army said on Friday that while it was possible Ms Abu Akleh was mistakenly killed by Israeli fire, its initial investigation suggested she could also have been hit by a Palestinian gunman.

This is a developing story.


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