Clashes erupted Friday in Jerusalem as mourners attended the burial of veteran American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was shot lifeless Friday when overlaying a raid within the West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin.
A whole bunch reportedly gathered in entrance of St. Joseph hospital in east Jerusalem for the procession the place mourners tried to hold Abu Akleh’s casket to a Greek Orthodox Church the place her service was set to be held.
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Police arrange barricades outdoors the hospital in an try to power the mourners to move her casket by automobile quite than on foot.
Native Israeli shops reported that some held Palestinian flags and chanted what police claimed had been “nationalistic incitement calls.”
It’s unclear how the procession escalated right into a violent conflict, however Israeli police reportedly used stun grenades on the group.
These carrying the casket had been additionally crushed with batons, reported a number of information shops.
The casket was then introduced again contained in the hospital and transferred by automobile to the service location.
No less than six rioters have been arrested by Israeli cops and 10 folks required medical consideration following the conflict.
Abu Akleh extensively coated the Israeli-Palestinian battle for over 20 years and was seen as a “voice” for Palestinians.
The Palestinian Authority rejected Israel’s provide of a joint investigation on Thursday and mentioned it can conduct its personal unbiased probe into her killing.
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett advised this week that “there’s a important chance” she was shot by Palestinians in a crossfire.
However her former employer, Al Jazeera, described her loss of life as “a blatant homicide” by Israeli forces and claimed Israel “intends solely to stop the media from conducting their obligation.”
The circumstances of her loss of life have been disputed as Palestinian and Israeli officers disagree on who’s accountable.
Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, a correspondent within the West Financial institution, mentioned she had been overlaying an Israeli navy raid in Jenin situated simply north of the West Financial institution when Abu Akleh was “hit by a bullet to the pinnacle.”
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She described her colleague’s loss of life as “a shock.”
Abu Akleh together with one other journalist – who was additionally hit by a bullet, although is in secure situation – had been sporting flak jackets which are sometimes worn by members of the press whereas in warfare zones on the time of the incident.
G3 Field Information’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.