Arab and international positions condemning the assassination of the Israeli occupation followed, Al-Jazeera correspondent, Sherine Abu Aqleh, during her coverage of the occupation storming the city of Jenin in the West Bank this morning, Wednesday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he holds the Israeli forces fully responsible for the death of the Al-Jazeera correspondent. Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh and the Council of Ministers also mourned the journalist, “who spent while performing her journalistic duty to document the horrific crimes committed by the occupation,” calling for an international investigation in which the United Nations would participate.
The Palestinian Ministry of Information said that “the crime of assassinating Abu Aqila calls for intensifying Palestinian, Arab and international efforts to achieve justice and hold Israel accountable,” declaring that it will begin with a series of additional efforts in pursuit of this.
In this context, a group of Palestinian factions condemned the murder, as the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) considered that the killing of Abu Aqleh “a premeditated murder and condemned in the strongest terms will not obscure the reality of the occupation’s terrorism and brutality.”
The Islamic Jihad movement also mourned the killing of “the distinguished Palestinian journalist, Shireen O’Aqila, after she was shot by the direct occupation while storming the Jenin refugee camp.”
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemned the assassination of Abu Aqila, which aims to “kill the truth reported by the media about the crimes of the occupation and its racism.”
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine also said that “the crime of assassinating the media figure, Shireen Abu Aqleh, confirms the extent of Israel’s disregard for world public opinion and international values and norms.”
In the Arab reactions, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Israeli state-sponsored terrorism and demanded the cessation of unconditional support for it.
This came in a tweet by the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Lolwa Al-Khater, commenting on the martyrdom of Sherine Abu Akleh.
“The Israeli occupation killed Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh by shooting her in the face while she was wearing a press jacket and helmet, while she was covering their attack in the Jenin refugee camp,” she said on Twitter.
“The state-sponsored Israeli terrorism must stop, and the unconditional support for Israel must stop,” she added.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani also offered his sincere condolences and sincere sympathy to the family of journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh and to her colleagues in the Al Jazeera network and the media community, stressing that “such horrific crimes committed by the occupation forces against the defenseless Palestinian people must not be overlooked without accountability and should not be tolerated.” subject to double standards.
As for the United Nations envoy to the Middle East peace process, Tor Wencesland, he called for an immediate and comprehensive investigation into the killing of Abu Aqila and for those responsible to be held accountable.
In turn, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry “strongly” condemned the assassination of Abu Aqila, and said that the international community must open an investigation to hold the perpetrators of this heinous crime accountable and prosecute them before international justice.
The Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly also considered “the killing of the heroic journalist, Sherine Abu Aqleh, by the bullets of the occupation, as a new witness to the falseness of his allegations and to the weakness and humiliation of the Zionist entity.”
The Omani Foreign Minister, Badr Al-Busaidi, condemned the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, a deplorable and unacceptable act. We express our sympathy and condolences to her family.
The Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the murder of the Palestinian journalist while she was performing her journalistic work in Jenin camp.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that perpetrating this crime is a flagrant violation of international law and international norms, calling for the perpetrators of this crime to be held accountable and brought to trial.
For its part, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned in the strongest terms what it described as the “crime of the assassination of Al-Jazeera journalist Sherine Abu Akleh” and demanded the immediate start of a comprehensive investigation that leads to prompt justice.
Al-Azhar Al-Sharif also condemned the “assassination of the Zionist terrorist entity, journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh,” and demanded that the killers be tried.
In Jordan, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that the killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh is a heinous crime and a flagrant attack on press freedom, and its perpetrators must be held accountable.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun also offered his condolences to the Al-Jazeera network, saying that the Israeli occupation adds to its bloody history a new chapter of abuse, aggression and disregard for rights, life and justice.
As for the Algerian presidency, it expressed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of our colleague Sherine Abu Aqleh and to the Al-Jazeera network.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry also condemned the murder of Abu Aqila and said that “the killing of Sherine, in full view and hearing of the whole world, is to silence the voice of truth.”
The Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, also mourned the late colleague and said that she was targeted while performing her journalistic and patriotic duty in covering the Israeli storming of the steadfast Jenin camp, stressing that the Libyan people continued their fateful association with the central issue of Palestine and their support for the cause of Jerusalem.
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In international reactions, the European Union spokesman condemned the killing of Abu Aqila, stressing that it was necessary to conduct an “independent and transparent” investigation into the incident and bring those responsible to justice, and reiterated the union’s standing next to all journalists and continuing to support them to perform their work completely and safely.
The US embassy in Israel also said that “the United States urges a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of the death of Shireen Abu Aqleh and the injury of Ali al-Samudi.”
“We extend our condolences to Shireen Abu Akleh’s family, colleagues and friends in the Al Jazeera network and the Palestinian community… The United States supports press freedoms and protects journalists while they perform their duties,” the embassy statement said.
For its part, the British Embassy in Israel expressed its shock at the killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh, stressing the need to respect the freedom of the media and the safety of journalists.
Rosie Diaz, the official spokeswoman for the British government in the Middle East and North Africa, also condemned the killing of Abu Aqila while performing her journalistic work, stressing that the news was shocking and sad.
Diaz said – on her Twitter account – that the United Kingdom rejects and denounces violence against journalists and supports their right to work without fear for their safety.
The German Foreign Ministry also condemned the killing of Abu Aqleh, saying that the reports received about her killing were very shocking to the government, and demanded that the reasons be explained comprehensively and quickly, and that those responsible be held accountable.
In turn, the French Foreign Ministry condemned the killing of the Al-Jazeera journalist and considered it “extremely shocking”, calling for a transparent investigation into the circumstances of the killing.
The Belgian Foreign Ministry condemned the killing of Abu Aqila and said – in a statement – that the freedom of the press must be protected always and everywhere, calling for a swift and firm investigation into her murder.
The Dutch Foreign Minister also said that he was “shocked by the tragic death of Al-Jazeera journalist Sherine Abu Akleh.”
The leader of the opposition in the Madrid Regional Parliament, Monica Garcia, wrote – in a tweet to her on Twitter – “I felt the tragedy of the killing of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akleh at the hands of an Israeli soldier. Another attack on human rights and freedom of the press cannot remain unpunished.”
The Iranian Foreign Ministry also condemned the deliberate assassination of journalist Abu Aqila and called on international organizations to open an independent investigation and to hold the Zionist entity accountable for the crime, noting that Israel kills journalists for fear of publishing the facts.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif strongly condemned the assassination of the Al-Jazeera journalist by Israeli forces, which “aims to obliterate the truth and silence the voice of the oppressed.”
The Afghan Foreign Ministry also condemned the deliberate killing of the Al-Jazeera reporter, and its spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, said in a tweet that Israel, by attacking freedom of expression, wanted its atrocities against the Palestinian people not to be revealed to the world.
The Djiboutian Foreign Minister also condemned the killing of Abu Aqleh and said that colleague Shireen was one of the most prominent opponents of the Israeli settlement policy through her professional journalistic work.