The Security Council calls for an investigation into the murder of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

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Security Council members have strongly condemned the murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the injury of another journalist in the Palestinian city of Jenin on May 11, 2022.

In a statement to the press, the Security Council points out that the countries that make it up have called for “an immediate, exhaustive, transparent, fair and impartial investigation into his murder, and stressed the need to guarantee accountability.”

They also recall and reiterate that journalists must be protected as civilians and they assure that they will continue to closely monitor the situation.

In the text of the statement, it is noted that the members of the Security Council have conveyed their sympathy and deepest condolences to the victim’s family.

Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the neck while covering Israeli military activities and despite wearing the vest that identified her as a journalist.

UN human rights experts assured this Friday in a statement that “the murder of Abu Akleh, who was clearly fulfilling his obligations as a journalist, may constitute a war crime“.

Since 2000, more than 40 Palestinian journalists have been killed, and hundreds have been injured or subjected to violence.

With regard to the police charges that Israel carried out during the journalist’s funeral, the Secretary General’s spokesman has assured that the images are “very shocking” and has reminded Israel of the obligation to respect the right to demonstrate.

“We have seen the video and it is very shocking for us. We will try to gather more information about what has happened. Clearly, as in all cases, we want to ensure that the right to assemble and demonstrate is respected.”

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