The UN Security Council demanded this Friday an “immediate, full, transparent, fair and impartial investigation” into the killing of a Palestinian journalist. Shirin Abu Akle in city of Hebron when covering an Israeli army raid. The Council called it “murder”.
The United Nations statement was released on Friday evening, rather unusually, after the images went viral during the day. In videos that were circulating on social media, one could see Israeli police the accusation of the participants in the funeral of Abu Akle.
Despite this, the Council makes no mention of these incidents, nor does it mention Israel in its statement. They stressed that their members “continue situation monitoring Very close”.
A few hours before the release of the statement, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterrescriticized the actions of “some Israeli police officers” at the funeral and demanded Freedom of expression and meeting. The Council expressed itself similarly, recalling that “journalists must be protected as civilians.”
Through his spokesman, Guterres also said he was “deeply appalled by the clashes between Israeli and Palestinian security forces gathered at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the behavior of some of the police officers present at the scene,” the Efe news agency reported.
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