The death of this Al-Jazeera journalist, shot while covering an Israeli army operation in the occupied West Bank, sparked a concert of international reactions.
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France has “required”, Wednesday, May 11, an inquest into the death “deeply shocking” of Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, who was shot and killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank. This declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was followed, in the afternoon, by similar requests from the European Union and the United States.
For the American ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, this affair “must be investigated in a transparent manner. We encourage both parties to participate in this investigation so that we can understand why this happened.” European side, “it is essential that a thorough and independent investigation clarifies all the circumstances of these incidents as soon as possible and that those responsible are brought to justice”said Peter Stano, spokesman for Josep Borrell, the head of European diplomacy.
Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the most famous journalists of the pan-Arab channel Al-Jazeera, was wearing a bulletproof vest marked “Press” when she was killed. Journalists at the scene reported Israeli army fire and in a statement, Al-Jazeera reported that Shireen Abu Akleh had been killed “in cold blood” by Israeli forces. “The army is investigating these events and is considering the possibility that the journalists were hit by Palestinian gunmen”the Israeli army said.