Israeli police clash with mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh

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The clashes broke out on Friday in Jerusalem while the mothers attended the burial of the veteran American journalist of Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh who was shot dead Friday while covering a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Hundreds of people reportedly gathered in front of St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem for the procession where mourners attempted to carry Abu Akleh’s coffin to a Greek Orthodox church where his would be held. service.

Family and friends carry the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, killed in an Israeli raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank, as clashes with Israeli security forces erupted during her funeral in Jerusalem on May 13, 2022.
(REUTERS / Ammar Awad)

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Police have set up barricades outside the hospital in an attempt to force mourners to carry his coffin by car rather than on foot.

Local Israeli stores reported that some held Palestinian flags and chanted what the police claimed were “nationalistic incitement calls”.

It is unclear how the procession turned into a violent confrontation, but Israeli police reportedly used stun grenades on the crowd.

Those carrying the coffin were also beaten with batons, several news outlets reported.

The coffin was then taken back to the hospital and transferred by car to the place of service.

At least six rioters were arrested by Israeli police officers and 10 people required medical attention following the clash.

Abu Akleh has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict extensively for over two decades and has been seen as a “voice” for the Palestinians.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Authority rejected Israel’s offer of a joint investigation and said it would conduct its own independent investigation into his killing.

Members of the Israeli security forces arrested a man during the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed in an Israeli raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank in Jerusalem on May 13, 2022.

Members of the Israeli security forces arrested a man during the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed in an Israeli raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank in Jerusalem on May 13, 2022.
(REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun)

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett suggested this week that “there is a significant possibility” of being hit by Palestinians in a crossfire.

But his former employer, Al Jazeera, described his death as “blatant murder” by Israeli forces and said Israel “only intends to prevent the media from doing its duty.”

The circumstances of his death have been contested as Palestinian and Israeli Officials disagree on who is responsible.

Nida Ibrahim of Al Jazeera, a correspondent in the West Bank, said he followed an Israeli military raid in Jenin, located just north of the West Bank, when Abu Akleh was “shot in the head”.

Mourners hold a banner depicting the killed Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as they walk from the Old City of Jerusalem to her burial site on Friday, May 13, 2022. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist who covered the conflict in Middle East for more than 25 years was shot dead Wednesday during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Mourners hold a banner depicting the killed Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as they walk from the Old City of Jerusalem to her burial site on Friday, May 13, 2022. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist who covered the conflict in Middle East for more than 25 years was shot dead Wednesday during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.
(AP Photo / Ariel Shalit)

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He described his colleague’s death as “a shock”.

Abu Akleh along with another reporter – who was also shot by a bullet, albeit in stable condition – wore body armor which are often worn by members of the press while in war zones at the time of the incident.

Lawrence Richard of Fox News contributed to this report.