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US condemns Israeli police action during journalist's funeral

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Policiais utilizaram cassetetes, bombas de efeito moral e gás lacrimogêneo contra pessoas que protestavam e carregavam o caixão durante a procissão funerária

Police officers used truncheons, stun bombs and tear gas against people protesting and carrying the coffin during the funeral procession| Photo: EFE/EPA/ATEF SAFADI

Images released earlier showed Israeli police firing kicks and blows with a truncheon against people who were protesting, carrying Palestinian flags, and who were carrying the coffin with the journalist’s body. Morale bombs and tear gas were also used.

“We were deeply disturbed by the images of Israeli police invading the funeral procession of Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh. Every family deserves to put their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unhindered way,” wrote Blinken on Twitter.

Abu Akleh of broadcaster Al Jazeera was shot dead while covering an Israeli military action in the West Bank on Wednesday (). She had 51 years and had become known for her reports in the region.

Al Jazeera blamed the journalist’s death on Israeli forces, which announced an investigation – before, however, the military suggested that Abu Akleh could have been shot by Palestinians.

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