The UN Security Council denounced the assassination of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh and the injuring of another journalist in the Palestinian city of Jenin on Friday (local time), calling for a “immediate, comprehensive, transparent, and impartial” investigation. The members of the Security Council also expressed their compassion and sincere condolences to the victim’s family, according to the UNSC. “The Security Council members urged for an early, thorough, transparent, fair, and impartial investigation into her assassination, and highlighted the importance of ensuring accountability,” the statement stated. Furthermore, Security Council members reaffirmed that journalists should be protected as civilians. However, the council stated that they will continue to closely watch the issue.
The Al Jazeera journalist was tragically gunned down on May 11, while another journalist Ali Al Samudi who was present with Akleh was also shot. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that it had conducted an operation early Wednesday in Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold of armed Palestinian groups in the northern West Bank. Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, in a statement, said that according to information Tel Aviv has gathered so far, “it appears likely that armed Palestinians — who were firing indiscriminately at the time — were responsible for the unfortunate death of the journalist,” according to media reports.
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