Blinken claims US will "follow facts" on Shireen Abu Akleh murder
The US Secretary of State claims the US is looking for an independent and credible investigation for the murder of Palestinian-US journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed Tuesday that the US will pursue accountability over the murder of Palestinian-US journalist Shireen Abu Akleh wherever facts lead.
Appearing at a forum for student journalists on the sidelines of a Latin America summit in Los Angeles, Blinken was confronted by a question on why there have been "absolutely no repercussions" for the Israeli occupation.
"I'm sorry, with respect, they have not yet been established," Blinken said of the facts behind the case.
"We are looking for an independent, credible investigation. When that investigation happens, we will follow the facts, wherever they lead. It's as straightforward as that," he claimed.
The US Secretary of State said, "I deplore the loss of Shireen. She was a remarkable journalist, an American citizen."
It is noteworthy that Palestine's Attorney General Akram Al-Khatib had announced that an Israeli soldier shot and hit Abu Akleh, clarifying that the bullet hit her directly in the head.
A CNN report, quoting witnesses, also said that the Palestinian-US journalist appeared to have been killed in a targeted attack by Israeli occupation forces.
In the same context, Yousef Jamal Al-Rantisi, a forensic expert and manager of the Gaza Center for Human Rights, released a forensic analysis of the evidence related to Abu Akleh's murder, which concludes that she was deliberately shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces.
The Israeli occupation has angrily denied murdering Abu Akleh while asking the Palestinians to take part in a joint probe.
Dozens of lawmakers from Blinken's Democratic Party have called on the FBI to lead an investigation to seek an impartial finding into the journalist's murder.
Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs filed a report to the International Criminal Court regarding the brutal murder of Abu Akleh.