Al Jazeera's veteran TV journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh reports from Jerusalem. File/Reuters
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE Journalists Association condemned the killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by the Israeli forces in the West bank on Wednesday morning.
Muhammad Al Hammadi, the association's president, called for protecting journalists and holding accountable all those who assaulted or killed them while performing their work.
The Emirates Journalists Association sent a telegram of condolences to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, in which it offered its sincere condolences and sympathy to the Council of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, all journalist and media colleagues in Palestine, and to Abu Akleh family on the death of media colleague Shireen.
She practices her media work in the field of honour while covering the events of the storming of the Jenin refugee camp by the Israeli forces.
Shireen was killed on Wednesday while covering clashes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was among Arab media's most prominent figures and widely hailed for her bravery and professionalism.
In the hours after her death, young Palestinians described Shireen, 51, as an inspiration, especially to women, many of whom were motivated to pursue journalism because of her.
"She never tired," Al Jazeera senior international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid told reporters by phone from Ukraine.
"She was always there whenever anything happened... She wanted to be there, to tell the story, constantly," she added.
She was born in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem to a Palestinian Christian family.
Her mother was born in west Jerusalem, before the creation of Israel in 1948, and her father was from Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.
She graduated from university the year the Oslo peace accords were signed and then joined the nascent Voice of Palestine radio, before switching to Al Jazeera in 1997, where she went on to become an iconic personality in Arab media.
The House members, largely left-leaning Democrats and led by Representative Andre Carson, noted that Shireen Abu Akleh held US citizenship and pointed to divergent accounts on how she died on May 11.
The Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the occupied West Bank and cooperates with Israel on security matters, condemned what it said was a "shocking crime” committed by Israeli forces.
Shireen Abu Akleh's family has voiced outrage over the Biden administration's "abject response" to her death. Lina Abu Akleh, Shireen's niece, confirmed she had spoken to Blinken on Wednesday.
This came during His Highness' reception of the Dutch Prime Minister today at Qasr Al Shati in Abu Dhabi, where His Highness welcomed Rutte and expressed his hope that the visit would contribute to advancing UAE-Netherlands relations in key fields.
A number of senior officials and members of the UAE Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman were also among the recipients.
More than 13,500 people - about 12% of the region's population - have fled across the border since Azerbaijan’s swift military operation to fully reclaim the region after three decades of separatist rule, Armenia's government said Tuesday morning.
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of condolences to Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, on the death of Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.