The family of Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian journalist who was shot dead by Israeli forces, has called for a “meaningful action” against Israel by the Biden administration.

Iran PressAmerica: On May 11, Shireen Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian journalist for Al-Jazeera, was shot dead by Israeli militants during live news coverage of an attack by Zionist settlers on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Witnesses said Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American, was killed by a headshot. However, she was wearing a bulletproof vest with the word "Press" that identified her as a journalist. Ali al-Samudi, a Palestinian journalist, working as an Al Jazeera producer beside her at the time, was also targeted, sustaining a gunshot wound in the back.

In response to the assassination of Abu Akleh, many countries, institutions, and international organizations have condemned the Israel regime's crime and called for the regime to be held accountable for this atrocity and for an investigation to be carried out.

In company with several American lawmakers, the family held a news conference outside the US Capitol on Thursday, demanding an independent probe into her cold-blooded murder.

Abu Akleh's relatives stressed that the murdered journalist was an American citizen entitled to the protection of her government.

"We want to know who pulled the trigger, and why," Victor Abu Akleh, Shireen's nephew, told reporters.

On July 4, the US State Department concluded its investigation, finding the Israeli military was "likely responsible" for the shooting.

The July 4 statement outraged Abu Akleh's family and Palestinian leaders, who said that the United States is not seeking accountability from Israel over the death of the journalist.

Abu Akleh's family unsuccessfully sought to meet US President Joe Biden when he visited the occupied West Bank earlier this month. Her relatives had called for a meeting with Biden when he visited the occupied West Bank earlier this month, but the US president did not grant their request.


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