UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “deeply disturbed” by the violence during the funeral of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akle, a spokesman said on Friday.
“He was deeply disturbed by the confrontation between Israeli security forces and Palestinians who gathered at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the behavior of some police at the scene,” Farhan Haq said.
“Guterres continues to urge respect for fundamental human rights, including freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to peaceful assembly,” Haq said.
As his body left St. Joseph’s Hospital in Israel-affiliated East Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed a crowd of mourners who were hoisting Palestinian flags.
The Jewish state forbids the public display of the Palestinian flag and regularly intervenes against those who parade them at demonstrations or other gatherings.
Police said they had warned the crowd to stop singing “nationalist” songs and were “forced to act as violent rioters (were) trying to disrupt the proper course of the funeral.” “
Israel and the Palestinians have traded blame over the fatal shooting of Abu Akleh during an Israeli raid in Jenin on Wednesday.
The Israeli military said an interim investigation could not determine who fired the fatal shot, noting that Palestinian shelling or Israeli sniper fire aimed at terrorists were both possible causes.
Al Jazeera has said that Israel killed him “intentionally” and “in cold blood”.
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