The US and EU led an international outcry Saturday after Israeli police charged the funeral procession of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and beat pallbearers who almost dropped her coffin.
Thousands of mourners packed Al-Quds' Old City on Friday for the burial of the 51-year-old Al Jazeera journalist, two days after she was killed during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, AFP reported.
Television footage showed pallbearers struggling to stop Abu Akleh's casket from falling to the ground as baton-wielding police charged towards them, grabbing Palestinian flags.
The US was “deeply troubled to see the images of Israeli police intruding into her funeral procession,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
The EU condemned the move as "unnecessary force" used by the Israeli police.
The UN Security Council also unanimously condemned the killing of veteran Palestinian journalist.
In a press statement on Friday night, members of the council conveyed their sympathy and deepest condolences to the victim's family.
They called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, fair and impartial investigation” into her death, and stressed the need to ensure accountability.
The council members reiterated that “journalists should be protected as civilians.”
The Security Council statement, however, made no mention of the violence during Friday’s funeral for Abu Akleh.
The UN’s Human Rights Office has also called for a thorough and independent investigation into the killing, saying it might constitute a war crime.
Abu Akleh's coffin almost fell to the ground when Israeli police assaulted mourners in occupied East Al-Quds.