UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns murder’ of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Initiated by the United States, this very rare unanimous position of the Security Council on a subject concerning Israel also calls for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation” into this murder. It underlines “the need to guarantee accountability” of its author or authors, according to the text obtained by AFP.

According to diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity, the negotiations to achieve the approval of the text were particularly “difficult”.

China obtained from the United States the amputation of paragraphs denouncing the abuses committed against the media in the world and defending their freedom and their protection during coverage of military operations, according to diplomatic sources and the different versions of the declaration obtained by AFP during the discussions.

The adopted text merely recalls that “journalists should be protected as civilians”. He does not mention the clashes that occurred Friday between Israeli police and Palestinians during the funeral of the journalist.

Shireen Abu Akleh, a figure from the Qatari television channel Al Jazeera, was killed on Wednesday by a bullet to the head while covering an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

At first, Israel claimed that she “probably” succumbed to Palestinian fire. But the Jewish state then said it did not rule out that the bullet was fired by its soldiers. The Palestinian Authority, Al Jazeera Channel and the government of Qatar have accused the Israeli army of killing her.

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