UN panel of human rights experts condemns killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Ackley And said it may constitute a war crime.
“The authorities have an obligation not to harm journalists and to protect them from harm in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” the experts said in their statement. “The killing of Abu Akleh, who was clearly in the line of journalists’ duties, may constitute a war crime.”
Al Jazeera senior correspondent Abu Akleh, Killed Wednesday It also reported an attack by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. She wore a helmet and vest, making it clear that she was a journalist.
“We demand a prompt, independent, impartial, effective, thorough and transparent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh,” the statement said.
“The killing of Abu Ackley is another serious attack on media freedom and freedom of expression at a time of escalating violence in the occupied West Bank.”
Thousands of people packed the streets of her hometown of Jerusalem on Friday for her funeral. Israeli Police kick In the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, mourners carried her body out of the hospital with batons, nearly causing the coffin bearers to drop it.
The Israeli army also attacked the hearse carrying her body, snatching the Palestinian flag from it.
“Al Jazeera media network condemns this act of violence in the strongest terms and demands that the Israeli government take full responsibility for the safety and security of all mourners and the family of our colleague Shireen,” the broadcaster said in a statement Friday. Say.
abu akle buried next to her parents Protestant Cemetery at Mount Zion.
The killing of Abu Akl comes amid an increase in violence in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent years, UN experts said. Last year was the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2014 as a result of the confrontation with the Israelis, according to the statement. This also comes amid a high rate of attacks on Palestinian journalists.
At least Palestinian journalists have been killed and hundreds injured since 2000.
“The role of journalists is crucial, especially in situations of heightened tension and marked by persistent abuses, such as in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the experts said.
“The lack of accountability has allowed carte blanche to continue with a spate of extrajudicial executions. The safety of journalists is critical to safeguarding free speech and media freedom.”
The Israeli military said an initial investigation into Abu Akleh’s death showed that Jenin engaged in a heavy exchange of fire about 200 meters (220 yards) from where she was killed, but could not determine whether she was shot or killed by Israeli forces kill. Palestinian fighters.
Palestinian gunmen recklessly fired hundreds of rounds at an Israeli military vehicle, some in the direction where Abu Akleh was standing, the military said in a statement Friday. It said Israeli forces fired back and that it could not determine who was responsible for her death without a ballistic analysis.
Journalists with Abu Akleh, including one wounded, said there were no clashes or fighters in the nearby area when she was killed.
Al Jazeera accuses Israel of ”flagrant murder“And called for an independent inquiry into her death.
Rights groups say Israel little follow up Investigations into killings of Palestinians by its security forces and, in rare cases, lenient penalties.
Abu Akleh, 51, joined Al Jazeera’s Arabic service in 1997 and rose to prominence during a second uprising or uprising in the early 2000s.