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Violence erupts as Shireen Abu Akleh’s coffin emerges from Jerusalem hospital

The body of slain veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Violence erupted at a Jerusalem hospital Friday as the coffin containing the body of a slain journalist emerged ahead of burial, with Israeli police seeking to disperse Palestinian mourners, according to AFP reporters and TV images.

Images aired on Palestine TV showed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh’s coffin nearly falling to the ground as police grabbed flags from the crowd around the procession.

An AFP reporter separately saw Israeli forces enter the grounds of St Joseph’s hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. There was no immediate comment from Israeli police on the incident.

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