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A panel of United Nations human rights consultants have condemned the killing of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh and stated it might represent a conflict crime.

In a news release revealed on Friday, the UN’s Human Rights Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner (OHCHR) referred to as for an intensive and unbiased investigation into her loss of life.

“Authorities have an obligation to not hurt journalists and to guard them from hurt below worldwide humanitarian legislation and worldwide human rights legislation,” the consultants stated in keeping with the assertion. “The killing of Abu Akleh, who was clearly performing her duties as a journalist, could represent a conflict crime.”

Abu Akleh, a veteran reporter with Al Jazeera, was killed on Wednesday whereas overlaying an Israeli military raid within the occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin. She was sporting a helmet and a vest that clearly recognized her as a journalist.

Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran reporter with Al Jazeera, was killed on Wednesday whereas overlaying an Israeli military raid within the occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin [Abbas Momani/Pool via Reuters]

“We demand a immediate, unbiased, neutral, efficient, thorough and clear investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh,” in keeping with the assertion.

“The killing of Abu Akleh is one other critical assault on media freedom and freedom of expression, amid the escalation of violence within the occupied West Financial institution.”

1000’s of individuals jammed the streets in her hometown of Jerusalem Friday for her funeral and burial. Israeli police kicked and beat mourners with batons as they carried her physique from the hospital in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, practically inflicting the pallbearers to drop the coffin.

Israeli forces additionally attacked the hearse because it carried her physique, to grab Palestinian flags from it.

“Al Jazeera Media Community denounces this violence within the strongest phrases, and holds the Israeli authorities totally accountable for the protection and safety of all of the mourners and the household of our colleague Shireen,” the broadcaster stated in an announcement Friday.

Abu Akleh was buried next to her parents on the Mount Zion Protestant Cemetery.

INTERACTIVE Journalists killed by Israeli forces
[Al Jazeera]

The UN consultants stated Abu Akleh’s killing got here as violence has been on the rise within the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza lately. Final yr, in keeping with the assertion, marked the best variety of Palestinian deaths ensuing from confrontations with Israelis since 2014. It additionally got here amid a excessive charge of assaults in opposition to Palestinian journalists.

At the very least Palestinian journalists have been killed since 2000, and a whole bunch extra have been injured.

“The function of journalists, particularly in a context of heightened stress and marked by steady abuses, just like the occupied Palestinian territory, is crucial,” the consultants stated.

“Lack of accountability provides carte blanche to proceed the litany of extrajudicial executions. The protection of journalists is important in guaranteeing the liberty of expression and media freedom.”

large crowd during funeral
Al Jazeera has accused Israeli of intentionally killing Shireen Abu Akleh [Ammar Awad/Reuters]

The Israeli army stated its preliminary investigation into Abu Akleh’s loss of life confirmed {that a} heavy firefight was below manner in Jenin roughly 200 metres (about 220 yards) from the place she was killed, however that it was unable to find out whether or not she was shot by Israeli forces or Palestinian fighters.

In an announcement issued Friday, the army stated Palestinian gunmen recklessly fired a whole bunch of rounds at an Israeli army car, some within the path of the place Abu Akleh was standing. It stated Israeli forces returned fireplace, and that with out doing ballistic evaluation, it can’t decide who was accountable for her loss of life.

Reporters who have been with Abu Akleh, together with one who was shot and wounded, stated there have been no clashes or fighters within the speedy space when she was killed.

Al Jazeera has accused Israel of “blatant murder” and have referred to as for an unbiased investigation into her loss of life.

Rights teams have stated that Israel rarely follows through on investigations into the killing of Palestinians by its safety forces and palms down lenient punishments on the uncommon events when it does.

Abu Akleh, 51, had joined Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language service in 1997 and rose to prominence overlaying the second Intifada, or rebellion, within the early 2000s.

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