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UN: Killing of Al Jazeera’s reporter 'strongly condemned' by Middle East Special Coordinator - spox00:43

UN: Killing of Al Jazeera’s reporter 'strongly condemned' by Middle East Special Coordinator - spox

United Nations, New York City
May 11, 2022 at 19:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland 'strongly condemned' the killing of Al Jazeera’s reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

"He sent his deepest condolences to her family and wished a speedy recovery to her fellow journalist who was injured in the incident. Mr. Wennesland called for an immediate and thorough investigation and for those responsible to be held accountable. Media workers should never be targeted, he said," said the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of United Nations Farhan Haq quoting the special coordinator, speaking at UN headquarters in New York City.

Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering an Israeli raid in the town of Jenin.

Both Al-Jazeera and another reporter who was injured in the incident blamed Israeli forces for the death of Abu Akleh, with the Palestinian health ministry saying that the journalist was shot in the head.

"Al Jazeera Media Network condemns this heinous crime, which intends to only prevent the media from conducting their duty. Al Jazeera holds the Israeli government and the occupation forces responsible for the killing of Shireen. It also calls on the international community to condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their intentional targeting and killing of Shireen," said Qatar-based media network in a statement released shortly after Shireen's death.

The Israeli military claimed that its forces were attacked while operating in Jenin before they fired back, and said that they are "investigating the event and looking into the possibility that the journalists were hit by the Palestinian gunmen."

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The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland 'strongly condemned' the killing of Al Jazeera’s reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

"He sent his deepest condolences to her family and wished a speedy recovery to her fellow journalist who was injured in the incident. Mr. Wennesland called for an immediate and thorough investigation and for those responsible to be held accountable. Media workers should never be targeted, he said," said the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of United Nations Farhan Haq quoting the special coordinator, speaking at UN headquarters in New York City.

Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering an Israeli raid in the town of Jenin.

Both Al-Jazeera and another reporter who was injured in the incident blamed Israeli forces for the death of Abu Akleh, with the Palestinian health ministry saying that the journalist was shot in the head.

"Al Jazeera Media Network condemns this heinous crime, which intends to only prevent the media from conducting their duty. Al Jazeera holds the Israeli government and the occupation forces responsible for the killing of Shireen. It also calls on the international community to condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their intentional targeting and killing of Shireen," said Qatar-based media network in a statement released shortly after Shireen's death.

The Israeli military claimed that its forces were attacked while operating in Jenin before they fired back, and said that they are "investigating the event and looking into the possibility that the journalists were hit by the Palestinian gunmen."