‘Criminal act’ – Arab countries seek investigation into murder of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Aqleh

Arab nations at the United Nations on Wednesday called for an independent, international investigation into what they called the murder of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was shot dead while reporting an Israeli army attack on the occupied West Bank.

READ | ‘Outrageous murder’ – Al Jazeera blames Israeli troops for the death of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour said:

The Arab group in New York has adopted a statement condemning this criminal act by the Israeli occupation authorities in the strongest possible terms and demanding an international independent investigation into this crime.

He said it was necessary “to hold those responsible for this crime to account with regard to this crime”.

Mansour was clearly upset when he spoke. He knew Abu Aqleh, a Palestinian-American, personally.

The demand for an independent international investigation was contained in three identical letters to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the UN Security Council and the President of the General Assembly, Mansour said.

Palestinians await body of veteran Al Jazee

Palestinians await the body of veteran Al Jazeera Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was shot dead while reporting an Israeli army attack on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.

Journalists Guide Veteran Al Jazeera's Body

Journalists escort the body of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was shot dead by Israeli troops.

The appeal is part of a chorus of calls for an investigation into Abu Aqleh’s death.

The Qatar-based TV station accused Israeli troops deliberately and “cold blood” shooting Abu Aqleh, 51, in the head during the unrest in the Jenin refugee camp.


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