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World reacts to killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

Jerusalem24– Condolences as well as calls for investigations have continued to pour in throughout the day concerning the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has released a statement condemning the killing and calling for an “immediate and thorough investigation”.

US Representative Rashida Tlaib condemned the journalist’s “[murder] by a government that receives unconditional funding by our country with zero accountability.”

The British Consulate in Jerusalem stressed the importance of press freedom.

Tor Wennesland, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, was among those calling for an investigation and stressing that “media workers should never be targeted”.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called the death of Abu Akleh “a devastating loss”, while HRW Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir said the killing was part of a systematic approach by Israeli towards journalists covering the occupation: “It’s of course not a one-off event, we know that Israeli forces systematically have used excessive force. This is an event that needs to be understood in the context of this systemic practice and the killings of many other Palestinian journalists.”

Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) issued a statement condemning and denouncing “all crimes committed by the Israeli occupation authorities and army against journalists, foremost among which are the killing of journalists and targeting them during their work.”

“MADA believes that it is the impunity of the perpetrators of all these Israeli crimes and violations against journalists and the media in Palestine that encourages the occupation to commit more of them, so it renews its demand for the need to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes and bring them to justice to put an end to the crimes of killing journalists and the grave attacks against them.”

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