The UN renews its international appeal. investigation into the murder of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

The UN has renewed its call for an international investigation into the murder of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces while on assignment in the occupied city of Jenin in northern the West Bank.

“Our position on the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh is unchanged,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told a news conference in New York when asked about the position of the leader of the United Nations. the UN on an international investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of the 51-year-old Palestinian television correspondent for the Qatar-based Arab news channel al-Jazeera on May 11.

He added: “We still want this matter to be fully investigated and those responsible for the murder held accountable.”

On whether António Guterres supports the International Criminal Court’s investigation into the journalist’s murder in the occupied West Bank, Haq said: “We have made it clear that we support the ongoing investigations, and we want to make sure that they lead to a result that is acceptable to all [concerned] parties.”

Abu Akleh was wearing a protective vest marked “PRESS” and was standing with other journalists when she was shot dead by an Israeli sniper.

Ali Samoudi, a Palestinian journalist accompanying him, was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the back.

Samoudi told The Associated Press they were part of a group of seven journalists who went to cover the Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

He said they were all wearing protective gear that identified them as journalists, and walked past Israeli troops for the soldiers to see.

The journalist said the first shot missed them, then a second hit him and a third killed Abu Akleh, adding that there were no fighters or other civilians in the area – only journalists and Israeli army troops.

Shaza Hanaysheh, a journalist with a Palestinian news site, who was also among the reporters, gave a similar account, pointing out that there had been no clashes or gunshots in the immediate area.

Al-Jazeera described Abu Akleh’s death as a “gross murder” which violates “international laws and standards” and said she was “murdered in cold blood”.

The network has instructed a legal team to refer his murder to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

The Palestinian Information Ministry condemned what it called a “shocking crime” committed by Israeli forces.

“The Israeli occupation has repeatedly targeted, injured and assaulted Palestinian journalists. Shireen joins other journalists whom Israel has killed while working to expose the crimes of the Israeli occupation.

“Killing can never deter our people from continuing the struggle for freedom, will only shorten the life of the occupation regime and bring us closer to freedom and an end to Israeli impunity,” he said. said in a statement.

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