Police to investigate clashes at Abu Akleh funeral


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Police to investigate clashes at Abu Akleh funeral
Clashes between police and Palestinian mourners packed around Abu Akleh's coffin occurred at the start of her funeral in Jerusalem on Friday.
Published: MAY 13, 2022

The Israel Police Commissioner in coordination with the Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev instructed on Saturday that an investigation be conducted regarding clashes that occurred during the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during a gunfight between IDF special forces and armed Palestinians in Jenin. The findings of the investigation will be presented to the Commissioner in the coming days.

At the start of the Friday funeral procession in Jerusalem, masked police officers faced scores of flag-waving and chanting Palestinians in the compound of St. Joseph's Hospital in east Jerusalem, television footage showed. Officers then charged the crowd, and at one point the group carrying her coffin backed against a wall and almost dropped the casket, recovering it just before one end hit the ground. The funeral in Jerusalem was interrupted after Israeli forces confiscated Palestinian flags hoisted by Palestinians at the funeral, held in a Jerusalem church near Jaffa Gate.

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