South Africa

Police clash with mourners at the funeral of a Palestinian journalist – SABC News

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian mourners who gathered around the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh, an al-Jazir reporter, at the start of her funeral procession in Jerusalem on Friday.

According to Reuters footage, masked policemen faced a large number of Palestinians waving and chanting flags in the building of St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel.

The officers then attacked the crowd and propped the group carrying the coffin against the wall.

The coffin was almost dropped, but was unearthed just before it hit the ground.

Violent scenes have highlighted the growing rage over the assassination of Abu Akleh, which threatens to further escalate the already raging conflict.

Abu Akleh, who has been dealing with Palestinian affairs and the Middle East for more than two decades, was shot dead while reporting an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech on Thursday to commemorate Israel’s blame for Abu Akleh’s death.

“We hold the Israeli occupying authorities fully responsible for his murder and will not be able to conceal the truth with this crime. This sin cannot pass away without punishment. ”

The Israeli government initially suggested that the Palestinian fire was responsible, but could not rule out that it was killed in the Israeli shooting.

Israeli police said they were “forced to step” before the funeral after a group of Palestinians, called rioters, began throwing stones at the hospital building. The Palestinian Authority did not comment immediately.

A few minutes later, the coffin of Abu Akleh was placed in a vehicle heading for the walled old city of Jerusalem.

The mourners brought the coffin of Abu Akleh to the Cathedral of the Annunciation, where the ceremony was held peacefully.

The UNSG was shocked by the murder

Earlier, the UN secretary-general said he was shocked by the assassination of Abu Akleh.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his sincere condolences to the journalist’s family and wished Ali Samoudi, a fellow journalist who was injured in the same incident, to recover as soon as possible.

Guterres also called on the competent authorities to conduct an independent and transparent investigation and ensure those responsible are held accountable – echoing the views of UN diplomats and U.S. government officials.

SABC News UN correspondent Sherwin Bryce-Pease shared more:

Police clash with mourners at the funeral of a Palestinian journalist – SABC News

Source link Police clash with mourners at the funeral of a Palestinian journalist – SABC News

Back to top button