Israeli police have stormed the grounds of a Jerusalem hospital to forcibly prevent a funeral march for Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist who was by Israeli forces while covering an Israeli army raid in Jenin on Wednesday.
TV images on Friday showed Abu Akleh’s coffin falling to the ground as police grabbed Palestinian flags from the crowd close to the operation outside St Louis French Hospital in nearly occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Reporting from the scene, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan said the Israeli forces targeted mourners because they did not want them to walk with Abu Akleh’s coffin.
Police hit mourners holding the coffin with batons, almost causing it to drop, before eventually allowing it to be moved in a hearse. At least four people were arrested.