The White House called for an “immediate and thorough” probe into the death of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning.
Abu Akleh, 51, was shot in the head while covering an Israeli arrest operation in the city.
Born in Jerusalem, Abu Akleh spent time in the United States as a child and held US citizenship along with her Jerusalem residency card.
“Investigating attacks on independent media and prosecuting those responsible are of paramount importance,” deputy White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said when asked about the incident.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, called Abu Akleh’s death “really horrifying,” and called for a transparent investigation.
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