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US envoy in Israel urges ‘thorough’ probe into Abu Akleh killing

Ambassador Tom Nides ‘encourages’ full investigation into Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing amid requires impartial probe.

The United States Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, has known as for a “thorough investigation” into the killing of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Abu Akleh was fatally shot by Israeli forces on Wednesday whereas reporting on Israeli raids in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, in accordance with Palestinian authorities and witnesses. Another journalist, Ali al-Samoudi, was additionally wounded by a bullet in the again. He is now in steady situation.

Nides was the primary US official to touch upon Abu Akleh’s killing, confirming in a tweet that the 51-year-old was a US and Palestinian citizen, and saying he was “sad to learn of her death”.

“I encourage a thorough investigation into the circumstances of her death and the injury of at least one other journalist today in Jenin,” he mentioned.

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The assertion comes as calls have grown for an impartial investigation into the killing, with rights teams accusing Israel of systematically failing to carry its forces accountable for often concentrating on journalists.

Palestinian authorities have rejected an Israeli provide to conduct a joint investigation.

Israel’s navy has mentioned Abu Akleh was shot throughout an trade of gunfire and steered she might have been killed by Palestinian fighters.

Witnesses have rejected that early narrative, saying there was no crossfire on the time of the taking pictures and that Abu Akleh and different journalists have been in an uncovered space sporting clearly marked “PRESS” vests after they have been attacked.

In a press release, Al Jazeera Media Network additionally known as Abu Akleh’s killing a “blatant murder” that violated “international laws and norms”.

“Al Jazeera holds the Israeli government and the occupation forces responsible for the killing of Shireen,” it mentioned.

Advocates have known as on the US authorities, which calls itself Israel’s greatest friend, and different shut allies to extend stress in the wake of the killing.

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However, many see a major shift in relations unlikely.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Mariam Barghouti, a Palestinian author and researcher, dismissed Nides’s assertion as “saving face and symbolism”.

“What that means is absolutely nothing,” she mentioned. “American representatives in Palestine do not safeguard human life, do not safeguard even the lives of their citizens.”

Israel maintains widespread help each throughout the administration of President Joe Biden and amongst legislators in the US, though a small group of elected officers have more and more known as for Washington to reassess its relationship.

In explicit, critics have known as for the US to condition about $3.8bn in aid it offers to Israel yearly on assembly human rights commitments.

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