Violence erupted Friday in the compound of a hospital in Jerusalem at the exit of the coffin of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Israeli police dispersed a crowd waving Palestinian flags, according to AFP and local media.
Footage broadcast by local television shows the coffin of Qatari television reporter Al Jazeera, killed Wednesday in an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, nearly falling to the ground as Israeli police disperse the crowd.
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Israeli forces broke into the grounds of St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector of the city occupied and annexed by the Jewish state.
“If you don’t stop these nationalist songs, we will have to disperse you using force and we will prevent the funeral from taking place,” an Israeli policeman said in a megaphone to the crowd, according to a video broadcast by the police.
According to her, “hundreds of people” gathered at the hospital and stones were thrown at the police who were “forced to use riot dispersal means”.
“Brutal Israeli special forces are attacking the funeral procession of Shireen Abou Akleh leaving Saint-Joseph hospital”, denounced on Twitter Hanane Achraoui, a former official of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). “Israel’s inhumanity is on full display,” she said.
Shireen Abu Akleh’s coffin was finally transported to the Old City where a mass was celebrated in a church, before burial in a nearby cemetery.
Wave of emotion after the death of Shireen Abu Akleh
The death of this reporter, icon of Palestinian journalism, has aroused a wave of emotion in the Palestinian Territories, in the Arab world where her reports have been followed for more than two decades, in Europe and in the United States.
The 51-year-old Christian Palestinian journalist who also holds American nationality, was shot in the head while covering an Israeli operation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, Territory Palestinian occupied by Israel.
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Origin of shooting still unknown
Israel, after saying that she had “probably” succumbed to Palestinian fire, said it did not rule out that the bullet was fired by its soldiers. On Friday, his army maintained that it was not possible to immediately determine the origin of the shooting, according to the preliminary results of its investigation.
“The investigation shows that there are two possibilities for the origin of the shot that killed her,” she said. The first option is that of “a heavy shooting of Palestinian armed men (in the direction of the Israeli military forces), while hundreds of bullets were fired from several places”, estimated this source.
“The other option is that during the shooting, one of the (Israeli) soldiers fired a few bullets from a jeep using a telescopic sight at a terrorist who was shooting at his vehicle,” the army said. , for whom it is “possible that the journalist who stood near the terrorist (…) was hit”.
The examination of the ball, essential to establish the facts
The Israeli authorities demand that the fatal bullet be given to them in order to carry out a ballistic examination. The Jewish state has proposed that Palestinian and American experts be present during this examination. “Receiving the bullet for a professional ballistic examination could decide between these two options,” the army said.
The journalist wore a bullet-proof vest marked “press” and a reporting helmet. The Palestinian Authority, Al Jazeera and the Qatari government accused the Israeli army of killing her.