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After international outcry, police open probe into violence at reporter’s funeral

In the face of growing international outrage, announced Saturday that an investigation would be opened into the events surrounding the violence at the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist .

The announcement came in the wake of international condemnation after officers charged Palestinians who were holding and surrounding the casket at the funeral on Friday, and beat them with batons, nearly toppling the coffin. Police have claimed that the casket was seized by a mob, against the family’s wishes, outside Jerusalem’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, prompting the cops’ intervention. Abu Akleh’s brother, however, said the family and mourners had hoped to hold a “small procession” but were “bombarded” by officers as they left the hospital.

In a statement Saturday, police said that they had planned for a “calm and dignified” funeral for the reporter, but “hundreds of rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police.”

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