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Al Jazeera To Refer Killing Of Shireen Abu Akleh To ICC

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Al Jazeera Media Network said that their legal team is referring the killing of its journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Al Jazeera English, quoting the network’s statement on Thursday reported that ‘it has formed an international coalition that consists of its legal team along with international experts, and is preparing a dossier on the murder of Abu Akleh for submission to the ICC prosecutor.

In addition to the killing of Abu Akleh, who was shot dead by Israel forces on May 11 near the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the ICC submission will also include the Israeli bombing “and total destruction” of Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza in May 2021, and “the continuous incitements and attacks” on Al Jazeera journalists working in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Al Jazeera network statement said the killing or physical assault on journalists working in war zones or occupied territories is a war crime under Article 8 of the International Criminal Court’s charter.

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