United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield mentioned Friday that she was “deeply distressed by the images from Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral procession,” after police struck mourners at the journalist’s funeral.
Thomas-Greenfield added that “the tragedy of [Abu Akleh’s] killing should be handled with the utmost respect, sobriety, and care.”
Mourners had gathered at Abu Akleh’s funeral with Palestinian flags, chanting, “We die for Palestine to live,” and singing the Palestinian nationwide anthem.
Police beat demonstrators on the funeral with batons, inflicting pallbearers to drop the casket momentarily.
Israeli authorities claimed that the chants have been a “nationalist incitement” and “the policemen were forced to act” as a result of the gang ignored calls to stop and threw stones at police..
Witnesses say that Abu Akleh was shot lifeless by Israeli forces earlier this week whereas protecting a army raid within the occupied West Financial institution. She was a revered and well-known journalist who spent a long time protecting Israeli-Palestinian battle within the area.
Following the violence towards the mourners, police allowed Abu Akleh’s household to carry her physique to a Catholic Church within the Previous Metropolis. Demonstrators continued to chant pro-Palestine phrases and wave flags in help of Palestine as they made their approach to the cemetery, the place she was later buried.
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