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UN Security Council condemns killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

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Council additionally requires speedy and neutral investigation into the loss of life of the Al Jazeera journalist who was shot earlier this week.

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously condemned the killing of Palestinian American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh within the occupied West Bank, based on diplomats.

The assertion, a uncommon case of Security Council unity on a problem associated to Israel, additionally known as for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation” into her loss of life.

The UN’s Human Rights Office has additionally known as for a radical and unbiased investigation into the killing, saying it’d represent a battle crime.

According to diplomats who spoke to AFP information company on situation of anonymity, the negotiations within the Security Council on Friday have been notably arduous.

China efficiently pushed the United States to take away paragraphs condemning abuses dedicated towards the media around the globe, defending their freedom and urging their safety whereas masking army operations, based on diplomatic sources and completely different variations of the declaration obtained by AFP through the discussions.

The last textual content stated that “journalists should be protected as civilians”.

Abu Akleh, an internationally revered veteran journalist for Al Jazeera, was shot by Israeli armed forces as she coated a raid on the Jenin refugee camp within the occupied West Bank. She was carrying a helmet and a vest that clearly recognized her as a journalist.

The Security Council assertion made no point out of the violence throughout Friday’s funeral for Abu Akleh.

Television footage confirmed pallbearers struggling to stop Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the bottom as baton-wielding Israeli law enforcement officials charged at them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.

The assaults have been condemned by Al Jazeera as “a scene that violates all norms and international laws”.

The Israeli army stated its preliminary investigation into Abu Akleh’s loss of life confirmed {that a} heavy firefight was below method in Jenin approximately 200 metres (about 220 yards) from the place she was killed, however that it was unable to find out whether or not she was shot by Israeli forces or Palestinian fighters.

In a press release issued on Friday, the army stated Palestinian gunmen recklessly fired tons of of rounds at an Israeli army automobile, some within the course of the place Abu Akleh was standing. It stated Israeli forces returned fireplace, and that with out doing ballistic evaluation, it was not in a position to decide who was answerable for her loss of life.

Reporters who have been with Abu Akleh, together with one who was shot and wounded, stated there have been no clashes or fighters within the speedy space when she was killed.

Al Jazeera has accused Israel of “blatant murder” and has known as for an unbiased investigation into her loss of life.

The UN consultants famous that Abu Akleh’s killing got here amid rising violence within the occupied West Bank and Gaza in recent times.

Last yr, based on the assertion, marked the best variety of Palestinian deaths ensuing from confrontations with Israelis since 2014. It additionally got here amid a excessive fee of assaults towards Palestinian journalists.


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