US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Wednesday in New York that her country wants a “transparent” investigation into the death of Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh. shot dead in the occupied West Bank.
The journalist was killed while covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency (WAFA).
In a statement to the press shortly before a meeting of the UN Security Council, the American diplomat encouraged “both parties to participate in this investigation so that we can understand why this happened”, adding that “the protection of American citizens and journalists” was a “top priority for the United States.
According to WAFA, the journalist was killed in Jenin and another journalist was injured in the northern occupied West Bank. According to the same source, the journalist, accompanied by other colleagues, were near a school belonging to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). A Palestinian journalist in her fifties, Shireen Abu Akleh had worked for “The Voice of Palestine” and Radio Monte-Carlo, before joining the Al-Jazeera channel.