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White House says images from funeral ‘deeply disturbing’; EU says its ‘appalled’

Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Levin)
Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Levin)

The White House describes as “deeply disturbing” footage from the Jerusalem funeral of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh that showed Israeli police rushing mourners at the procession.

“We have all seen those images, they’re obviously deeply disturbing,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki tells reporters.

“We regret the intrusion of what should have been a peaceful procession,” she adds.

The EU also condemns the violence, saying it  “is appalled by the scenes.”

The EU  condemns the disproportionate use of force and the disrespectful behavior by the Israeli police against the participants of the mourning procession. Allowing for a peaceful farewell and letting mourners grieve in peace without harassment and humiliation, is the minimal human respect.”

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