The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has condemned "disgraceful scenes of police brutality" at the funeral of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem yesterday.

He said in a post on Twitter: "These are disgraceful scenes of police brutality at a hugely sensitive funeral.

"No self respecting democracy could stand over this treatment of people.

"Unacceptable and should be roundly condemned by international community."

Earlier, Mr Coveney also called for an independent investigation into the killing of Ms Abu Akleh.

The European Union said it was "appalled" by the "unnecessary force" used by police before and during the journalist's funeral.

The White House also described footage that showed Israeli police storming the start of the procession as "deeply disturbing".

"We have all seen those images, they're obviously deeply disturbing," US press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

"We regret the intrusion into what should have been a peaceful procession," she said.

Television footage showed pallbearers struggling to stop Ms Abu Akleh's coffin from falling to the ground as baton-wielding Israeli police officers charged at them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.

"We have urged respect for the funeral procession, the mourners and the family at this sensitive time," Ms Psaki said.

Asked if she condemned the Israeli forces' actions, she responded: "I think when we said they were disturbing, we obviously were not justifying them."

The coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh is carried through Jerusalem

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "deeply disturbed" by violence during the funeral procession and the behaviour of some police present at the scene, a spokesman said.

Mr Guterres "continues to urge respect for fundamental human rights, including the rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly," Haq added

Police said they acted against people "disrupting the public order". Israel forbids public displays of Palestinian flags and often storms individuals who hoist them at rallies or protests in the city.

In a sign of Ms Abu Akleh's prominence, she was given what was described as a full state memorial yesterday at Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's compound in Ramallah before being transferred to Jerusalem.

"Her voice entered every home, and her loss is a wound in our hearts," said mourner Hadil Hamdan.

Mourners clash with Israeli security forces during the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh

Thousands of people packed Jerusalem's tense Old City today for the burial of the veteran Al Jazeera reporter, who was buried in Mount Zion cemetery.

Israel and the Palestinians have traded blame over the fatal shooting of the Palestinian-American journalist in the occupied West Bank.

The interim findings of an Israeli army investigation could not determine who fired the bullet that killed Abu Akleh, the military said.

But an army statement noted a soldier could have fired the bullet that killed the 51-year-old journalist, in what Al Jazeera called a deliberate "killing in cold blood".

"The investigation shows two possibilities for the source of the shot that killed her," the Israeli army said.

Palestinians gather during the burial of Shireen Abu Akleh at Mount Zion Cemetery

The first could have been "massive fire of Palestinian gunmen (at Israeli soldiers), as part of which hundreds of bullets were shot from a number of locations."

"The other option is that during the gunfight, one of the soldiers shot a few bullets from a jeep using a telescopic scope at a terrorist who was firing at his vehicle."

The United States, European Union and United Nations have, like Ireland, backed calls for a full investigation into Ms Abu Akleh's killing.

Israel has publicly called for a joint probe and stressed the need for Palestinian authorities to hand over the fatal bullet for forensic examination.

But the Palestinian Authority has rejected holding a joint probe.