The US government on Wednesday roundly condemned the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during an Israeli Army raid in the occupied West Bank and called for an «immediate and thorough investigation.»
This was stated in a message on the social network Twitter by State Department spokesman Ned Price: «We are heartbroken and we strongly condemn the death of the American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank,» the official said.
Price demanded an «immediate and thorough investigation» and stressed that those «responsible must be held accountable.»
“His death is an offense against press freedom throughout the world,” he added.
In a similar line, the deputy spokeswoman for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, expressed herself in statements to journalists accompanying US President Joe Biden today on his way to various events in the state of Illinois.
Jean Pierre stressed that it is «crucially important» to investigate «attacks on independent media and bring those responsible to justice.»
«We demand a detailed investigation to determine the circumstances of his death,» he said.
The veteran journalist died today of a gunshot to the head while doing her job, during an Israeli army raid in the northern occupied West Bank, a death for which Israelis and Palestinians blame each other.
Both the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the direction of Al Jazeera in Qatar have blamed the Israeli soldiers for the death of the well-known 51-year-old journalist; while the Israeli government accuses armed Palestinians of being the authors of the fatal shot.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Red Crescent confirmed the death of Abu Akleh early in the morning and pointed to the cause of the shooting by the Israeli security forces, which also injured another journalist, Ali Samudi, who works in the back. for the Palestinian outlet Al Quds and whose condition is stable.