Security Council condemns killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously condemned Israeli regime over killing Shireen Abu Akleh calling for immediate probe into the murder of the Palestinian journalist earlier this week.
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A rare case of Security Council unity on an issue related to Israel, the UNSC statement also called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation” into Israeli shooting and murder of the Palestinian journalist.
The UN’s Human Rights Office has also called for a thorough and independent inverstigation into the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh adding that it could constitute a war crime.
The final text said that “journalists should be protected as civilians”.
Abu Akleh, an internationally respected veteran journalist for Al Jazeera, was shot dead by Israeli armed forces as was covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.
The shooting happened as Abu Akleh was wearing a helmet and a vest that clearly identified her as a journalist.
The Security Council statement made no mention of the violence during Friday’s funeral for Abu Akleh.
Television footage showed pallbearers struggling to prevent Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the ground as baton-wielding Israeli police officers charged at them grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.