UN condemns killing of Palestinian-American journalist

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council connected Friday nighttime powerfully condemned the sidesplitting of Palestinian-American writer Shireen Abu Akleh and called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and just and impartial investigation.”

A property connection was approved by the 15 assembly members aft connection was removed emphasizing the value of media state and the request for journalists moving successful unsafe areas to beryllium protected astatine the insistence of China and Russia, diplomats said, speaking connected information of anonymity due to the fact that discussions were private.

The assembly connection reiterated “that journalists should beryllium protected arsenic civilians” and besides condemned the wounded to Abu Akleh’s colleague.

Abu Akleh, 51, was a household sanction crossed the Arab world, revered for her sum of Palestinian beingness nether Israeli regularisation for the Al Jazeera outer transmission for the past 25 years.

She was changeable dormant Wednesday during an Israeli subject raid successful the West Bank municipality of Jenin. Journalists who were with her, including an Al Jazeera workfellow who was changeable and wounded, said Israeli forces fired upon them adjacent though they were intelligibly identifiable arsenic reporters.

Anger astatine Abu Akleh's sidesplitting escalated Friday erstwhile Israeli riot constabulary pushed and bushed pallbearers, causing them to concisely driblet her casket successful a shocking commencement to her ceremonial procession. It turned into possibly the largest show of Palestinian nationalism successful Jerusalem successful a generation.

Israel says it is investigating the incident. It initially suggested she mightiness person been changeable by Palestinian militants, without providing evidence, but has since backtracked. Israel called for a associated probe with the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank and cooperates with it connected security.

But the Palestinians rejected a associated probe and demanded an autarkic planetary investigation.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for her sidesplitting and said helium would instantly inquire the International Criminal Court to investigate. The ICC launched an probe into imaginable Israeli warfare crimes implicit a twelvemonth ago, a probe Israel has rejected arsenic biased.

The Security Council did not usage the connection international, calling for an impartial probe and stressing the request to guarantee accountability.

Negotiations connected the assembly connection were led by Norway, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Norway's U.N. Ambassador Mona Juul commended the “good collaboration," calling the extortion of journalists a precedence for her country.

“We are peculiarly acrophobic astir the rising inclination successful attacks connected media works, and connected women journalists successful particular" Juul said successful a statement.