Dozens Injured in Israeli Police Attack on Palestinian Funeral | News from Jerusalem

Walid al-Sharif’s funeral was attacked just days after an Israeli attack on the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

More than 70 Palestinians were injured after Israeli police fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets during a funeral procession for a young Palestinian man who died of wounds sustained at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last month.

Hundreds of mourners joined the funeral procession on Monday for Walid al-Sharif, who was pronounced dead on Saturday.

Al-Sharif suffered serious head injuries on April 22 after Israeli police fired rubber bullets at Palestinians at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site.

Palestinian witnesses and al-Sharif’s family say he was shot in the head with a rubber bullet, while Israeli authorities have suggested he died from injuries sustained when he fell to the ground. Israeli hospital officials declined to give a specific cause of death.

Amateur video of the attack shows a large group of Palestinians fleeing the direction of heavy Israeli fire. Immediately after a gunshot, al-Sharif is seen falling on his face and lying motionless on the ground. The Israeli police then took him away.

After falling into a coma, al-Sharif died in hospital. His body was taken away by Israeli authorities after his death, until it was returned to his family on Monday.

Mourners at the funeral, some of whom carried Palestinian flags, took al-Sharif’s body for prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque before heading to a cemetery outside Jerusalem’s Old City .

The Palestinian Red Crescent Relief Service said 71 Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings after Israeli forces attacked the funeral.

“Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at an ambulance carrying the coffin of the dead Palestinian boy,” a witness said.

Al Jazeera reporter Wajd Waqfi, who was covering the funeral, said Israeli police attacked the mourners and prevented them from carrying Palestinian flags. She also said dozens of people had been arrested by Israeli police.

Thirteen people had to be hospitalized, including two with eye injuries, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

According to the Wadi Hilweh information center, one of the Palestinians injured in the eye is a relative of al-Sharif. The relative, Nader al-Sharif, is said to be in critical condition.

Police said six officers were injured and 20 Palestinians were arrested, including five on suspicion of an attempted hit-and-run.

Israel Police said its forces “acted decisively against hundreds of violent lawbreakers and rioters who…took violent action against the forces putting their lives at risk.”

The office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused the Jerusalem police of a “cruel and barbaric act”. He said there will be no peace and stability in the region until a Palestinian state is established, with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry also condemned the attack on al-Sharif’s funeral procession as an ‘inhumane act’ and said Israel must respect its obligations under international humanitarian law as an occupying force in East Jerusalem.

Monday’s attack on al-Sharif’s funeral came just days after police pushed and beat mourners, including pallbearers, at the funeral in Jerusalem of Shireen Abu Akleh, a prominent journalist from ‘Al Jazeera who was killed by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday while covering a military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has become a frequent site of tension, as increasing numbers of Israeli Jews have attempted to subvert the status quo by praying there.

Israeli police have attacked Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on several occasions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which largely fell in April, injuring hundreds of Palestinians.

The silver-domed mosque inside the 35-acre (14-hectare) compound is called al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, by Muslims, and the Temple Mount by Jews.

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