UN urges full investigation into murder of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akleh in the West Bank


The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wencesland, and the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lynne Hastings, strongly condemned the murder of the journalist Shirin Abu Aqleh, which occurred this morning in Jenin, West Bank.

TV journalist Al Jazeera was covering an operation by the Israeli army in the city of Jenin, in the north of the occupied West Bank, when was killed with a shot to the head despite the fact that he was wearing a vest with the legend “press”.

Shirin Abu Aqleh was accompanied by her producer Ali Al Samudi, who also received a bullet in the back, is in stable condition and has stated that a group of seven reporters who were at the scene were wearing protective equipment that identified them as press clearly.

According to witnesses, the shot that hit the informers came from the Israeli military, but Israel accuses armed Palestinian fighters.


Tor Wencesland repudiated the murder and urged a prompt investigation of the events, emphasizing the responsibility of the perpetrators and highlighting the importance of respect the integrity of journalists and media workers.

“I ask for an immediate and exhaustive investigation, and that those responsible accountable to justice. Media workers should never be targeted,” she posted on his Twitter account.

The humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, for its part, denounced the crime against the correspondent, pointing out the dangers and threats journalists face in your daily work.

“As the United Nations today salutes international press freedom, Shirin Abu Aqleh was assassinated this morning while covering clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Jenin, demonstrating the dangers journalists face every day.” , lament.

Similarly, he requestedimmediate investigations for accountability”.

Against international laws

The director general of UNESCO and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights joined the repudiation of the murder.

In a statement, Audrey Azoulay called for a thorough investigation that concludes with the accountability of those responsible.

“I condemn the murder of Shirin Abu Aqleh. The killing of a journalist who clearly wears the insignia of the press in a conflict zone is a violation of international law”, he pointed.

“I call the relevant authorities to investigate this crime and prosecute those responsible”, Azoulay added.

The UNESCO declaration underlined that Shirin Abu Aqleh was a well-known reporter from Al Jazeera.

Human rights

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, meanwhile, expressed its alarm at the murder and reported that one of its teams are on the ground reviewing the facts.

He also called for an investigationindependent and transparent” and stressed that impunity “must end”.

awaiting results

The Secretary-General’s Spokesperson’s Office added its voice to other UN entities and stressed in a tweet that exercising journalism “it’s not a crime”.

In his usual meeting with the press, the alternate UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, assured that the Organization is “very worried” for the murder and that he awaits the results of the investigation that must be carried out.

We do not prejudge or draw conclusions from this. We hope that it will be investigated. It must be thoroughly investigated, and we will continue to monitor to ensure it is fully and properly investigated,” Haq stressed.

Asked about a possible investigation by the UN, he explained that this type of inquiry requires mandates from an organization, so they are things in the hands of the member states.

“At this stage, we want to see how complete and thorough the authorities on the ground can carry out the investigation”, the spokesman pointed out.

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