The UN Security Council denounced the assassination of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh and the injuring of another journalist in Jenin, Palestine, yesterday (local time), and urged for a “immediate, thorough, transparent, and impartial” investigation.
Members of the UN Security Council also expressed their sympathies and compassion to the victim’s family, according to a statement released by the UN.
“The Security Council members urged for an immediate, thorough, transparent, fair and impartial investigation into her assassination, and highlighted the importance of ensuring accountability,” the statement stated.
Furthermore, the Security Council members reaffirmed that journalists should be protected as citizens. The council did say, though, that they were still keeping a careful eye on the situation.
According to CNN, the Al Jazeera journalist was fatally shot on May 11, and another journalist present with him, Ali Al Samudi, was also shot.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that an operation was carried out in the Jenin refugee camp on May 11, a bastion of armed Palestinian organisations in the northern West Bank.
According to media reports, Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett claimed in a statement that “it appears probable that armed Palestinians — who were firing indiscriminately at the time — were responsible for the terrible death of the journalist.”