שירין אבו עאקלה
The bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh
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 Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Slain Al Jazeera reporter's family meet Blinken to 'demand justice for Shireen'

Lina Abu Akleh the niece of Shireen says the family demands justice, and they will pursue accountability for her murder wherever it may take them; State Department spokesperson says Blinken to reiterate need for accountability

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Published: 07.26.22, 23:14
The family of slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh demanded justice for the Al Jazeera reporter's killing ahead of a meeting in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday.
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  • Lina Abu Akleh, her niece, posted a video on Twitter from outside the State Department saying that she and other family members "are here to demand justice for Shireen."
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    אנתוני בלינקן, שירין אבו עאקלה
    Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
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    U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a regular news briefing that Blinken was meeting the family at the department and would reiterate the need for accountability but declined to give a time frame for investigations to conclude
    Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American, was killed on May 11 during an Israeli raid in the town of Jenin in the West Bank under circumstances that remain bitterly disputed.
    The State Department said this month that Abu Akleh was likely killed by gunfire from Israeli positions but that it was probably unintentional, citing an investigation by the U.S. Security Coordinator.
    Abu Akleh's family and Palestinian officials have criticized the report and maintained she was deliberately targeted. Israel denies this.
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    The bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh
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    "We will pursue accountability for her murder wherever it may take us," said a statement on Twitter from Lina, Shireen's brother Tony and nephew Victor. "Shireen lived to uncover the truth behind every story, and so shall we."
    The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    The family had accused the United States of providing impunity for Israel over her killing. They unsuccessfully requested a meeting with President Joe Biden in person during his trip to Israel this month.
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