The UN safety council has unanimously condemned the killing of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh whereas she was protecting an Israeli military raid within the occupied West Financial institution, diplomats stated.
In a uncommon unanimous assertion, the safety council additionally referred to as for “a direct, thorough, clear and neutral investigation into her killing”.
In keeping with diplomats who spoke on the situation of anonymity, negotiations on the assertion had been notably arduous.
China efficiently pushed the US to take away paragraphs denouncing abuses dedicated towards the media world wide, defending their freedom and urging their safety whereas protecting navy operations, in response to diplomatic sources and completely different variations of the assertion obtained by Agence France-Presse through the discussions.
The ultimate textual content merely says “journalists ought to be protected as civilians” and doesn’t point out violence throughout Abu Aqleh’s funeral on Friday.
On Saturday, Israel’s police chief ordered an investigation into the actions of officers on the funeral.
“The Israel police commissioner, in coordination with the minister of public safety, has instructed that an investigation be carried out into the incident,” the police stated in a press release.
Earlier, the US stated it was “deeply troubled to see the photographs of Israeli police intruding into her funeral procession”.
Joe Biden’s secretary of state, Antony Blinken, stated: “Each household deserves to have the ability to lay their family members to relaxation in a dignified and unimpeded method.”
The EU stated it was “appalled by the violence within the St Joseph hospital compound and the extent of pointless power exercised by Israeli police all through the funeral procession”.
The UN secretary common, António Guterres, was additionally “deeply disturbed” by the violence, in response to a spokesperson.
Tv footage confirmed pallbearers struggling to cease Abu Aqleh’s coffin from falling to the bottom as Israeli cops charged at them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.
Abu Aqleh, a outstanding journalist for Al Jazeera, was killed as she coated unrest within the Jenin refugee camp within the occupied West Financial institution. The Qatar-based community alleged she was intentionally focused by Israel.
The Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, initially stated armed Palestinians had been “possible” accountable, however Israel has since rowed again and stated it was investigating.