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Blinken says the United States will ‘follow the facts’ about the Abu Akleh assassination

The well-known Al Jazeera journalist, a Palestinian-American, was killed on May 11 while covering an Israeli army operation in the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank.

Palestinian artists paint a mural in honor of slain veteran Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Gaza City on May 12, 2022. Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed on May 11, 2022, while covering a raid on the Israeli -occupied the West Bank, was among the most prominent figures in the Arab media and widely praised for her bravery and professionalism.

LOS ANGELES – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday promised to seek responsibility for the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, no matter where the facts lead, amid a heated dispute between Israeli and Palestinian authorities over how she died.

The well-known Al Jazeera journalist, a Palestinian-American, was killed on May 11 while covering an Israeli army operation in the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank.

When he appeared at a forum for journalism students on the sidelines of a Latin America summit in Los Angeles, Blinken was confronted with a question as to why there have been “absolutely no consequences” for Israel, a historic American ally.

“I’m sorry, with respect, they are not yet established,” Blinken said of the facts behind the case.

“We are looking for an independent, credible investigation. When that investigation happens, we will follow the facts wherever they lead. It’s just as straightforward as that,” he said.

Blinken, who has spoken to his family, said: “I’m sorry for the loss of Shireen. She was a remarkable journalist, a US citizen.”

A Palestinian investigation said an Israeli soldier shot her and killed her in what it described as a war crime. A CNN report quoting witnesses also said she appeared to have been killed in a targeted attack by Israeli forces.

Israel has angrily denied the allegations, saying it is investigating while asking the Palestinians to participate in a joint investigation.

Israeli authorities have countered that Abu Akleh could have been killed by stray fire from a Palestinian armed man in the area or by mistake of an Israeli soldier.

Dozens of lawmakers from Blinken’s Democratic Party have called on the FBI to conduct an investigation to seek an impartial finding of her death.



Blinken says the United States will ‘follow the facts’ about the Abu Akleh assassination

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