Israeli forces have attacked and beaten the mourners attending the funeral procession of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by the regime troops in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
"The Israeli army is asking people if they are Christian or Muslim. If you’re Muslim you weren’t allowed in." – @ajimran
Israeli occupation forces are attacking Palestinians during the funeral of killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. pic.twitter.com/Xq3VkeOCqn
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 13, 2022
The Palestinian Information Center (Palinfo) said in a tweet on Friday that the violence erupted as the Palestinian mourners began to move Abu Akleh’s casket from the St Louis French Hospital in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the occupied al-Quds.
— 🏳️⚧️#FreePalestine🇵🇸#FreeAssangeNOW (@tranz_parency) May 13, 2022
“Dozens of injuries during the storming of the French hospital in al-Quds by the occupation forces,” Palinfo wrote, quoting the Red Crescent in the city.
— Zachary Foster (@_ZachFoster) May 13, 2022
— Asiye Bilgin (@AsiyeBi) May 13, 2022
الهلال الأحمر بالقدس: عشرات الإصابات خلال اقتحام قوات الاحتلال للمستشفى الفرنسي في القدس.
— المركز الفلسطيني للإعلام (@PalinfoAr) May 13, 2022
Media reports said Israeli forces assaulted mourners to prevent them from carrying the coffin of Abu Akleh from the hospital to the Roman Catholic church in the Old City, before taking her to the Zion cemetery, where she will be laid to rest.
Questa è Israele, la più grande democrazia (stocazzo) del Medio Oriente. Manco il rispetto per i morti.
— Beppe Figliè ☭ (@beppefiglie) May 13, 2022
Thousands of Muslim and Christian Palestinians from Jerusalem al-Quds and from across the occupied territories came to pay tribute to the veteran Al Jazeera journalist, who was shot in the head on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid against the city of Jenin.
Many of Abu Akleh’s colleagues and fellow journalists also attended the funeral.
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