EU condemns killing of Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in West Bank

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 May 2022

The European Union has condemned the killing of Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank on Wednesday.

Funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh
Palestinians carry the flag-draped body of veteran Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as it is carried toward the offices of the news channel in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 11, 2022. - Al-Jazeera said Abu Akleh, 51, a prominent figure in the channel s Arabic news service was shot dead by Israeli troops early Wednesday as she was covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. AFP

Abu Akleh was killed by what Al-Jazeera says was Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank. Another journalist, Ali Al-Samoud, was wounded in the incident.

"Our condolences go to her family, friends, and colleagues," EU spokesperson said in a statement.

"It is essential that a thorough, independent investigation clarifies all the circumstances of these incidents as soon as possible and that those responsible are brought to justice. It is unacceptable to target journalists while they perform their job. Journalists covering conflict situations must be ensured safety and protection at all times."

The EU spokesperson affirmed that the European Union stands in solidarity with journalists and will continue to support their fundamental work, in particular while covering conflicts.

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