100 days after the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the United Nations has renewed its call for a comprehensive investigation into the crime.
In response to journalists’ questions on Secretary-General António Guterres’ position regarding the opening of an international investigation into the crime, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said “Our position on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is unchanged.”, adding “We still want this matter to be thoroughly investigated and for those responsible for the killing to be held accountable.”
In a press conference held Thursday evening at the permanent headquarters of the International Organisation in New York, Haq expressed Guterres’ support for the International Criminal Court to investigate the murder of Abu Akleh, saying: “we support the investigations that have been underway, and we want to make sure that they come to a result that is acceptable to all parties.
A spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had announced that the commission had concluded that Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on May 11 by Israeli forces.
Ravina Shamdasani said “all the information we collected, including from the Israeli army and the Palestinian attorney general, confirms that the shots that killed Abu Akleh and wounded her colleague Ali Al-Samudi were fired by the Israeli security forces, and not random shots from armed Palestinians, as the Israeli authorities said in the start.”
The Israeli occupation forces killed Al-Jazeera correspondent in Palestine, Shireen Abu Akleh, in mid-May, while covering the occupation storming Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, after an Israeli sniper fired an explosive bullet in her head.