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Calls grow for investigation into death of Al Jazeera journalist in West Bank


The United Nations, the US and EU on Wednesday called for a thorough investigation into the death of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank.

Abu Akleh, 51, was shot dead while covering an Israeli raid in the city of Jenin. Another journalist, Ali Al-Samoudi, was shot in the back, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

“I strongly condemn the killing of Al Jazeera’s reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot with live fire this morning while covering an Israeli security forces’ operation in Jenin, in occupied West Bank,” UN Special Envoy for Middle East Peace Process Tor Wnnesland said on Twitter.

“I call for an immediate and thorough investigation and for those responsible to be held accountable. Media workers should never be targeted,” he added.

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides also called for investigating the reporter’s death.

“Very sad to learn of the death of American and Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh of Al Jazeera,” Nides tweeted. “I encourage a thorough investigation into the circumstances of her death and the injury of at least one other journalist today in Jenin.”

A similar call for investigation was echoed by the US Palestinian Affairs Unit.

“Our deepest condolences on the death of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, who was well-known to us and all Palestinians,” the unit said in a tweet.

“We encourage a thorough investigation into her death and the injury of fellow journalist, Ali Al-Samoudi,” it added.

The EU delegation to the Palestinians said it was “shocked by the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was reporting on ISF incursions in Jenin.”

“We express our deepest condolences to her family and call for a swift and independent investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the delegation tweeted.

Earlier Wednesday, Al Jazeera television accused Israeli forces of deliberately assassinating its journalist Abu Akleh “in cold blood.”

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