In a statement, police say they had held dialogue with Abu Akleh’s family ahead of time in order to “enable a respectable funeral.”
“Unfortunately under the auspices of the funeral and taking cynical advantage of it, hundreds of people began disrupting the public order before it even began,” police say.
“As the coffin was about to exit the hospital, stones began to be thrown at officers from the hospital’s plaza, and the officers were forced to use riot dispersal means,” the statement add.
הלווייתה של העיתונאית שירין אבו עאקלה בירושלים הופסקה. עימותים במקום והמשטרה משתמשת באלות. ארון הקבורה כמעט נפל. pic.twitter.com/lwRZd6tAot
— סולימאן מסוודה سليمان مسودة (@SuleimanMas1) May 13, 2022
Police also release a video in which an officer, outside the hospital grounds, is addressing the crowd over a loudspeaker.
“If you don’t stop these chants and [Palestinian] nationalistic songs we will have to disperse you using force and we won’t let the funeral take place,” the officer says in the video.
— איתמר כרמון | itamar carmon (@itamarcarmon) May 13, 2022