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The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the killing of US-Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was covering an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank, officials said. diplomats.

In a rare unanimous statement, the Security Council also called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation into his assassination”.

According to diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity, the negotiations on the text were particularly arduous.

China has successfully pushed the US to remove paragraphs exposing abuses against media around the world, defending their freedom and urging their protection while covering military operations, according to diplomatic sources and different versions of the statement. obtained by AFP during the discussions.

The final text simply says that “journalists must be protected as civilians” and does not mention the violence at Friday’s funeral of Abu Akleh.

Earlier, the United States said it was “deeply disturbed to see the footage of Israeli police interfering with his funeral procession.”

Joe Biden’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said, “Every family deserves to be able to rest their loved ones in a dignified and uninhibited manner.”

US ‘deeply disturbed’ by Israeli police attack on funeral of Shireen Abu Aqleh – video

The EU said it was “appalled by the violence within the grounds of St Joseph’s Hospital and the unnecessary level of force exerted by Israeli police throughout the funeral procession”.

UN Secretary General António Guterres was also “deeply disturbed” by the violence, according to a spokesperson.

Television footage showed pallbearers struggling to keep Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the ground as Israeli police charged them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.

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Abu Akleh, a star journalist with Al Jazeera, was killed while covering the unrest in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

The Qatar-based network claimed she was deliberately targeted by Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett initially said armed Palestinians were “probably” responsible, but Israel has since backed down and said it was investigating.

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