Violence erupts during funeral procession of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem

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Violence erupts in Jerusalem around a funeral procession for those shot dead AlJazeera-journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. A video shows Israeli police officers charging at Palestinians carrying the coffin.

As a result, the coffin of Abu Akleh, who died at the age of 51, nearly fell to the ground.

Strict security measures had been taken in advance in Jerusalem to ensure that the funeral took place “safely and without violence”. Several roads were closed and additional security personnel were also deployed.

Thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral procession in the Old City. Abu Akleh was a well-known journalist. She was a Palestinian Christian born in East Jerusalem. There she is buried in a cemetery next to her parents.

Several thousand people mourn Abu Akleh

The day before, thousands of people came to the farewell ceremony in the Palestinian city of Ramallah and people lined the route taken by the coffin. The mourners then had flowers and pictures of Abu Akleh with them.

The journalist died while covering an Israeli army raid in the West Bank. An initial Israeli police investigation indicates that it is not possible to determine who fired the bullet that killed Abu Akleh.

Only Israel mentions the Palestinian bullet as an option

Police said the bullet came from a Palestinian sniper or a missed shot from an Israeli sniper.

The army resumed its raids on the West Bank on Friday. Abu Akleh’s death further exacerbates already built up tensions between the Palestinian and Israeli authorities, who blame each other for the death. Also news channel AlJazeera holds Israel responsible for the death of Abu Akleh.

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