Dozens injured during Israeli attack on Palestinian funeral in Jerusalem

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Palestinian mourners carry the body of Walid Al-Sharif, 23, who died of wounds suffered last month from Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque compound, on May 16, 2022 in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque at the Al-Aqsa compound. (Photo: AFP)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — More than 70 Palestinians were wounded after Israeli occupation forces attacked a funeral procession of a young man who succumbed to his wounds — which were sustained from Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque last month, Al-Jazeera reported. اضافة اعلان

Palestinians were burying Walid Al-Sharif, 23, late Monday. Hundreds of mourners joined the funeral procession Sharif’s body was carried by mourners across the Al-Aqsa compound and brought through the Old City’s Herod Gate, before burial at a nearby cemetery.

Israeli occupation forces then attacked, according to a report by the Palestinian news agency, Wafa.

The Palestinian Red Crescent rescue service said 71 Palestinians were wounded, they added that the injuries occurred “during clashes with occupation forces”, with Israeli police firing rubber bullets and stun grenades, in and around Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club advocacy group said more than 50 people were arrested.

The violence erupted days after a Israeli raid on the funeral procession of veteran Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot by Israeli forces in the West Bank.

Palestinians and the TV network said Israeli troops killed her, while Israel said Palestinian gunfire may have been to blame.

Anger over her death was compounded Friday when baton-wielding Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem beat pallbearers carrying Abu Akleh’s coffin which was covered by a Palestinian flag.

The incident has been strongly condemned around the world, including by the US, EU, UN, and the Vatican.

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