Pictures: The occupation forces attack a funeral in Al-Rahmeh Gate Cemetery and injure dozens of Jerusalemites
April 30, 2016

Dozens of Jerusalemites were injured on Saturday afternoon with several bruises and suffocation after occupation forces raided Al-Rahmeh Gate Cemetery during the funeral of Jamal Mohammad Abbasi.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s staff explained that occupation soldiers raided the cemetery located east of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the funeral of Jamal Mohammad Abbasi and attacked the participants with pepper gas, pushing and beating under the pretext of burying the deceased in an area confiscated by the Israeli Nature and Parks authority.

During the raid, dozens of participants suffocated and were injured with bruises; some were transferred to medical centers for treatment.

The participants were able to bury the deceased Abbasi in the tomb as the raid occurred towards the end of the funeral.

The forces arrested 27-year old Naser Abbasi from inside the cemetery and also arrested photographer Saeed Rukon from the area of Herod’s Gate and confiscated hid camera under the pretext of filming in a prohibited area (inside the cemetery).

The staff added that the forces surrounded the cemetery and prevented the participants from leaving for several minutes.

After assaulting the participants and the cemetery’s sanctity, the soldiers raided the house of the deceased Abbasi in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan and checked the IDs of young men.