Blinken offers support to family of slain Palestinian journalist

Blinken offered support from US diplomats in Jerusalem to Abu Akleh’s family

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken to the family of slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh after criticizing Israel’s use of force at her funeral, an official said Sunday.

Blinken, on his flight to Berlin on Saturday for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, offered his “sincere condolences” in a phone call with family members of Shireen Abu Akleh, an official said. of the State Department.

The top US diplomat “noted Abu Akleh’s journalistic work and the importance of a free and independent press,” the official said on condition of usual anonymity.

Blinken offered the support of American diplomats in Jerusalem to the family of Abu Akleh, who also held American citizenship.

Abu Akleh, a prominent journalist from AlJazeera television, was killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid in the West Bank.

AlJazeera said Israel shot him “in cold blood”. Israel, which has faced a series of attacks, said Palestinian gunmen may be to blame, before softening its stance and promising to investigate.

At his funeral on Friday, baton-wielding Israeli police descended on mourners and seized Palestinian flags, as pallbearers struggled not to drop his coffin.

Blinken said earlier he was “deeply disturbed” by the actions of the Israel Police, and the State Department called for a transparent investigation into his murder.

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