Egypt condemns Israeli attack on Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral

MENA , Ahram Online , Saturday 14 May 2022

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its strong rejection and condemnation of Israeli police forces’ attack on the funeral of late Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday.

Shireen Abu Akleh


“Such an unacceptable and unjustified attack represents a violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and the sanctity of the dead,” Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez said in a statement.

The attack also leads to intensifying tension and instability in the occupied Palestinian territories, which harm all efforts aiming to restoring the peace process, he added.

Israeli police forces fired tear gas and attempted to arrest mourners at the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead whilst covering an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday.

At one point, the Israeli police even attacked the pallbearers, causing the coffin to slip from their hands and nearly crash to the ground.

Hours after Israeli police forces charged and beat mourners at her funeral, the UN Security Council issued a statement condemning the killing of Abu Akleh.

The statement — a rare case of the UNSC unifying on an issue related to Israel — also called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation into her killing.”

Abu Akleh’s fellow journalist Ali Al-Samoudi was also injured in the incident.

Abu Akleh, who died at 51, was a widely respected Palestinian on-air correspondent who spent a quarter-century covering the harsh realities of life under Israeli military rule, stirring anger worldwide.

On Wednesday, Egypt’s foreign ministry condemned the “heinous assassination” of Abu Akleh, demanding an immediate probe into the tragedy in a way that “leads to achieving prompt justice.”

Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate also announced that it will hold a memorial service for the slain reporter on Tuesday.

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