The UN demands an independent investigation into the murder of the Palestinian journalist

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, said last night that he feels “horrified by the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh”, the Palestinian journalist from Al Jazeera shot in the head in Jenin, West Bank, while covering an Israeli army raid.

Guterres, without accusing Israel or pointing to the authorship of the shot, asked “the competent authorities to carry out a transparent investigation” into the events and “ensure that those responsible are held accountable,” in a statement issued by his spokesman. Farhan Haq.

Precisely today, at the United Nations headquarters, the Palestinian ambassador Ryad Mansur He called for an independent international investigation into what happened, and rejected that this investigation be carried out by Israel because “criminals cannot investigate themselves.”

However, Guterres did not announce any concrete UN action in this regard and repeated a phrase expressed dozens of times of his “condemnation of all attacks and murders of journalists, stressing that journalists should never be the target of violence and that Media workers must be able to work freely and without harassment, intimidation or fear.”

Both the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the leadership of Al Jazeera in Qatar have blamed Israeli soldiers for the death of the well-known 51-year-old journalist, while the Israeli government accuses armed Palestinians of being the authors of the fatal shot. , although later the Israeli Army has clarified and said that it is still not possible to determine who shot the reporter.

Asked at a news conference why the UN has not made any reference to who was responsible for the shooting, spokesman Farhan Haq said the organization prefers to wait for the results of an investigation.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Red Crescent confirmed the death of Abu Akleh early in the morning and pointed to shots fired by Israeli security forces as the cause, which also wounded another journalist, Ali Samudi, in the back. works for the Palestinian outlet Al Quds and whose condition is stable.

Both Abu Akleh, who had worked for Al Jazeera since the beginning of the Second Intifada, and Samudi were properly identified as press and protected by vests and helmets while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank.

Abu Akley was a hugely popular face across the Arab world for her frontline coverage of events in Palestine and the clashes with the Israeli occupying forces, having become one of the most recognizable of all the reporters on her network. .

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