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The funeral of Al-Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akle was stormy and without violence. When her coffin appeared outside the hospital, hundreds of people began throwing stones at the police before the ceremony began.
The law enforcers began to disperse the rioters to keep the procession moving. While the confrontation was going on, the coffin almost fell to the ground. “Unfortunately, under the auspices of the funeral and cynically taking advantage of it, hundreds of people began to disturb the public order. When the coffin was about to be taken out of the hospital, they began to throw stones at the officers from the square of the hospital, and the officers were forced to use means to disperse the riots, — said the police.
One law enforcement officer warned the crowd over a loudspeaker that if they continued to chant nationalist and inflammatory calls, funerals will be stopped. Later, the funeral nevertheless took place in a more relaxed atmosphere. At least 10,000 people were present, broke through the police barricades.
“Everyone loved her. She was honest and told our story. When she died, my children and I were in pain, — East Jerusalem resident Arif Hammad said.
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