Washington confirms its support for an investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh

15 May, 2022
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Washington confirms its support for an investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, expressed his "deepest" condolences for the killing of the Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. "We appreciate the journalistic work she's done in her life," he said.

Blinken emphasized the United States' support for an investigation into Abu Aqleh's killing.

Blinken spoke with the Abu Akleh family after he criticized Israel's use of force at her funeral, an official told AFP on Sunday.

Blinken expressed his "deep condolences" in a phone call with family members of Shereen Abu Akleh, while on his way to Berlin on Saturday to participate in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, according to a US State Department official. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that Blinken referred to "Abu Aqleh's journalistic work and the importance of a free and independent press."

He affirmed the support of American diplomats in Jerusalem for the Abu Aqila family, who held American citizenship.

Abu Aqleh was killed on Wednesday, while she was covering an Israeli military operation in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority accuses the Israeli army of killing her, which Israel has not confirmed.

On Wednesday, the White House strongly condemned the killing of Abu Aqila, and called for an investigation into her death.

"We are calling for a thorough investigation into her death," White House Deputy Press Secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One as President Joe Biden headed to Illinois.


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