Shireen Abu Akleh’s coffin nearly fell to the ground when the men carrying it were beaten by Israeli security forces on Friday (May 13th). St. Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem was the scene of intense violence as the body of the Palestinian journalist, killed two days earlier in Jenin during an Israeli raid, left the establishment.
Police baton beatings were numerous, as well as the use of smoke bombs and stun grenades. The helmeted police charged into the crowd to try to disperse it. They have, for some, seized Palestinian flags to throw them on the ground.
A few minutes later, the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh was finally able to be transported to a church in the Old City for a religious ceremony.