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Greater than 70 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with police at a Monday evening funeral in Jerusalem, additional enflaming already heightened tensions within the metropolis.
Protesters and mourners gathered for the funeral of Walid al-Sharif, 23, who died Saturday of accidents he sustained throughout final month’s clashes with police at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. Police say six officers have been injured at Palestinians carried Sharif’s physique previous the mosque to a close-by cemetery.
Footage circulating on social media exhibits demonstrators throwing objects at Israeli police as officers reduce off the tip of the procession. Police later launched a press release saying protesters threw “stones, bottles, bricks and other heavy objects” at officers, according to the Agence France Presse.
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The incident comes days after one other conflict between funeral-goers and police final week. The funeral was for veteran American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed overlaying protests within the West Financial institution.
Mourners insisted on carrying Akleh’s casket to a close-by Greek Orthodox church on foot, one thing Israeli police had sought to keep away from. Officers had erected barricades in an effort to power mourners to move Akleh’s physique in a automobile.
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It’s unclear what prompted violence to interrupt out, however footage exhibits officers firing rubber bullets and throwing stun grenades at protesters. Police is also seen placing pallbearers with batons.
Akleh was killed throughout a information report on Might 10 below disputed circumstances. Israeli police say Akleh could have been killed by Palestinian crossfire after their forces got here below assault.
“It appears likely that armed Palestinians — who were indiscriminately firing at the time — were responsible,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated.
Al-Jazeera, her employer, says she was murdered by police.