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

US Secretary State Antony Blinken, on 6 April 2022 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]
US Secretary State Antony Blinken, on 6 April 2022 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

The family of slain journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, demanded justice for the Al Jazeera reporter's killing ahead of a meeting in Washington with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

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".

Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American, was killed on 11 May during an Israeli raid in the town of Jenin in the occupied West Bank under circumstances that remain bitterly disputed.

Israel shoots dead Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, during invasion of Jenin - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Israel shoots dead Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, during invasion of Jenin – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

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 US Security Coordinator.

Abu Akleh's family and Palestinian officials have criticised the report and maintained she was deliberately targeted. Israel denies this.

"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.

READ: US invites Shireen Abu Akleh's family to Washington

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