China expressed on Thursday its support for a transparent and independent inquiry into the killing of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Speaking at a regular press conference in Beijing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said:
“China consistently rejects and strongly condemns violence against journalists doing their job. We hope the incident will be handled in a just manner according to law.”
With regards to opening a transparent and independent investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing, he said that “China supports it in principle. We think the incident should be handled in a just manner.”
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Abu Akleh, 51, was fatally shot by Israeli military gunfire during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank early Wednesday morning. She was wearing a press vest and a helmet when she was killed.
A second journalist, Ali Samoudi, was shot in the back during the same incident and was reported to be in stable condition.
(WAFA, PC, Social Media)