Violence clouds Jerusalem funeral of Al Jazeera journalist

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JERUSALEM: Thousands of radical packed Jerusalem’s Old City connected Friday for the burial of seasoned Al Jazeera newsman Shireen Abu Akleh, aft Israeli constabulary stormed the ceremonial procession.

Television footage showed pallbearers struggling to halt Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the crushed arsenic baton-wielding constabulary officers charged towards them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.

Washington said it was “deeply troubled” by the scenes, portion the European Union said it was “appalled” by the “unnecessary force.”

According to the Jerusalem Red Crescent, 33 radical were injured during the procession, of whom six were hospitalised.

Israeli constabulary said they made six arrests. A authorities authoritative said mourners had thrown “rocks and solid bottles”.

In a caller shootout successful the occupied West Bank, an Israeli commando was killed adjacent the flashpoint metropolis of Jenin. The Islamic Jihad radical said its fighters were responsible.

Abu Akleh’s decease during an Israeli raid successful Jenin connected Wednesday has Israel and Palestine exchanging blame.

The Israeli service said an interim probe could not find who fired the fatal bullet, noting that stray Palestinian gunfire oregon Israeli sniper occurrence aimed astatine militants were some imaginable causes.

Al Jazeera has said Israel killed her “deliberately” and “in acold blood”.

In a rare, unanimous statement, the UN Security Council connected Friday condemned the sidesplitting and called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation,“ according to diplomats, who noted negotiations implicit the wording were peculiarly contentious.

Abu Akleh, a Christian and a Palestinian American, was a prima newsman and her ceremonial drew monolithic crowds.

As her assemblage near St Joseph’s infirmary successful Israeli-annexed eastbound Jerusalem, Israeli constabulary stormed mourners who had hoisted Palestinian flags.

The Jewish authorities forbids nationalist displays of Palestinian flags and routinely intervenes against those who parade them astatine demonstrations oregon different gatherings.

- ‘Inhumanity’ -

Police said they had warned the assemblage to halt “nationalistic” songs and were forced to enactment arsenic “violent rioters (were) trying to disrupt the due people of the funeral”.

But salient Palestinian fig Hanan Ashrawi said the constabulary complaint connected pallbearers showed Israel’s “inhumanity”.

The United States was “deeply troubled to spot the images of Israeli constabulary intruding into her ceremonial procession today,“ Secretary of State Antony Blinken said successful a statement.

“Every household deserves to beryllium capable to laic their loved ones to remainder successful a dignified and unimpeded manner.”

The EU tweeted that it was “appalled by the unit successful the St Joseph Hospital compound and the level of unnecessary unit exercised by Israeli constabulary passim the ceremonial procession.”

US President Joe Biden discussed ways to code the rising unit successful White House talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

“The leaders... discussed urgent mechanisms to stem violence, calm rhetoric and trim tensions,“ the White House said successful a statement.

The French consulate wide said “police violence” astatine the infirmary had been “deeply shocking”.

And UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “deeply disturbed” by the violence, according to a spokesman.

Thousands of Palestinian mourners attempted to travel the coffin towards the cemetery conscionable extracurricular the walled Old City.

Police concisely attempted to forestall them but yet relented, allowing thousands to watercourse towards the graveside, and did not intervene arsenic Palestinian flags were waved, AFP reporters said.

- ‘Sister of each Palestinians’ -

In a motion of Abu Akleh’s prominence, she was fixed what was described arsenic a afloat authorities memorial work connected Thursday astatine Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s compound successful Ramallah earlier her assemblage was transferred to Jerusalem.

“Her nonaccomplishment is simply a coiled successful our hearts,“ said mourner Hadil Hamdan.

The United States, European Union and United Nations person backed calls for a afloat probe into Abu Akleh’s killing.

Israel has publically called for a associated probe, which the Palestinian Authority has rejected.

Grief implicit Abu Akleh’s sidesplitting spilt beyond the Palestinian territories, with protests erupting successful Turkey, Sudan and elsewhere.

She “was the sister of each Palestinians,“ her member Antoun Abu Akleh told AFP.

- Fresh unit -

Fresh unit erupted successful the West Bank, including a raid and clashes astir Jenin exile camp.

The Israeli serviceman killed was identified arsenic Noam Raz, a 47-year-old begetter of six. Police said helium was wounded “during a shootout with equipped terrorists,“ and aboriginal died.

The Palestinian wellness ministry said 13 Palestinians were wounded successful the clashes, 1 of them seriously.

An AFP lensman said Israeli forces had surrounded the location of a suspect, besieging 2 men wrong and firing anti-tank grenades astatine the location successful an effort to flush them out.

Tensions were already moving precocious aft a question of anti-Israeli attacks that person killed astatine slightest 18 radical since March 22, including an Arab-Israeli constabulary serviceman and 2 Ukrainians.

A full of 31 Palestinians and 3 Israeli Arabs person died during the aforesaid period, according to an AFP tally, among them perpetrators of attacks and those killed by Israeli information forces successful West Bank operations. - AFP

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