UN Security Council condemns killing of Shireen Abu Akleh | United Nations News

Council additionally requires quick and neutral investigation into the demise of the Al Jazeera journalist who was shot earlier this week.

The United Nations Safety Council has unanimously condemned the killing of Palestinian American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh within the occupied West Financial institution, in keeping with diplomats.

The assertion, a uncommon case of Safety Council unity on a problem associated to Israel, additionally referred to as for “a right away, thorough, clear, and neutral investigation” into her demise.

The UN’s Human Rights Workplace has additionally referred to as for a radical and impartial investigation into the killing, saying it’d represent a battle crime.

In keeping with diplomats who spoke to AFP information company on situation of anonymity, the negotiations within the Safety Council on Friday had been significantly arduous.

China efficiently pushed the US to take away paragraphs condemning abuses dedicated in opposition to the media all over the world, defending their freedom and urging their safety whereas protecting army operations, in keeping with diplomatic sources and totally different variations of the declaration obtained by AFP through the discussions.

The ultimate textual content stated that “journalists ought to be protected as civilians”.

Abu Akleh, an internationally revered veteran journalist for Al Jazeera, was shot by Israeli armed forces as she coated a raid on the Jenin refugee camp within the occupied West Financial institution. She was sporting a helmet and a vest that clearly recognized her as a journalist.

The Safety Council assertion made no point out of the violence throughout Friday’s funeral for Abu Akleh.

Tv footage confirmed pallbearers struggling to stop Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the bottom as baton-wielding Israeli cops charged at them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.

The assaults had been condemned by Al Jazeera as “a scene that violates all norms and worldwide legal guidelines”.

The Israeli army stated its preliminary investigation into Abu Akleh’s demise confirmed {that a} heavy firefight was underneath means in Jenin roughly 200 metres (about 220 yards) from the place she was killed, however that it was unable to find out whether or not she was shot by Israeli forces or Palestinian fighters.

In an announcement issued on Friday, the army stated Palestinian gunmen recklessly fired lots of of rounds at an Israeli army automobile, some within the path of the place Abu Akleh was standing. It stated Israeli forces returned fireplace, and that with out doing ballistic evaluation, it was not in a position to decide who was chargeable for her demise.

Reporters who had been with Abu Akleh, together with one who was shot and wounded, stated there have been no clashes or fighters within the quick space when she was killed.

Al Jazeera has accused Israel of “blatant homicide” and has referred to as for an impartial investigation into her demise.

The UN specialists famous that Abu Akleh’s killing got here amid rising violence within the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza in recent times.

Final 12 months, in keeping with the assertion, marked the best variety of Palestinian deaths ensuing from confrontations with Israelis since 2014. It additionally got here amid a excessive price of assaults in opposition to Palestinian journalists.