Iran condemns Israeli killing of Al Jazeera journalist

In a statement released on Wednesday, Saeed Khatibzadeh strongly condemned the killing of Abu Akleh at the hands of Zionist regime forces.

Offering his condolences to the family of the late journalist, Al Jazeera, and to journalists committed to the cause of Palestine and the holy al-Quds around the world, the Iranian spokesman denounced such a criminal act by the Zionist regime as a testament to Israel’s contempt for the role and place of the media, print media and journalists in shaping public opinion.

Contrary to the false claims of Zionism’s propaganda machine and its affiliated media, the Israeli regime is afraid of accurate news and stories and has overstepped the mark by killing journalists, Khatibzadeh added.

The Iranian spokesperson called on international organizations, human rights institutions and international media syndicates to carry out an independent investigation into the martyrdom of Shireen Abu Akleh, stressing that the Zionist regime must be held accountable for a such crime.

Khatibzadeh also criticized the Zionist regime’s proposal to investigate the case as an attempt to shift the blame to others and shirk responsibility, saying the proposal had no validity.

Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The 51-year-old was covering an Israeli army raid on Jenin refugee camp when she was hit in the face by a single bullet while wearing a press vest.

Another Palestinian journalist, Ali al-Samoudi, suffered a back injury but is in stable condition.

Al Jazeera, in a statement, said Abu Akleh had been “murdered in cold blood” and called on the international community to hold Israeli forces accountable.

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