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Newsline: Diplomats condemn killing of journalist in West Bank

Diplomats condemned the killing of the Qatari-based broadcaster said Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian and American female reporter, by Israeli forces. The Al Jazeera correspondent has been shot dead while covering a raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin. Qatar’s deputy foreign minister Lolwah al Khater condemned the killing and called for an end to “state sponsored Israeli terrorism”. The British ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan, took to Twitter to push for a “thorough and transparent” probe into the death. (https://news.yahoo.com/shireen-abu-akleh-al-jazeera-064943168.html) Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid said that the country has offered the Palestinians “a joint pathological investigation into the sad death of journalist Shireen Abu Aqla[Akleh]”. “Journalists must be protected in conflict zones and we all have a responsibility to get to the truth,” the top minister said on Twitter. Abu Akleh, 51, was born in Jerusalem. She began working for Al Jazeera in 1997 and regularly reported on-camera from across the Palestinian territories.

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