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Libyan Prime Minister deplores death of Palestinian journalist Cherine Abou Akla

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan prime minister of the National Unity Government, Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba, Wednesday deplored the death of Palestinian journalist Cherine Abu Akla while covering the intrusion of the Palestinian camp of Jenin, reaffirming Libya's unwavering support to the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Al-Jazeera journalist and correspondent Akla was Wednesday shot dead by Israeli occupation forces when they stormed the Jenin camp, the second largest Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

"Our deepest condolences to the family of Jerusalem-based journalist Cherine Abu Akla and all the sons of the Palestinian people after she was targeted while performing her journalistic and patriotic duty covering the Israeli incursion into the restive Jenin camp," Al-Dbaiba wrote in a tweet. He added: "We affirm that our Libyan people will continue their fateful commitment to our central cause, Palestine, and our support for Jerusalem.

The minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the national unity government, Najla Al-Mangush, condemned the killing of Akla by the Israeli occupation forces, describing the case as an attempt to silence the voice of truth.

Ms. Al-Mangoush wrote in a tweet: "Killing Cherine Abu Akla with live ammunition in full view and hearing of the whole world is silencing the voice of truth, the voice of the victims and the voice of the brave Arab woman who has always believed in the role of a free press, which is a public violation of international charters and norms and human rights."

She added by writing the hashtag "Justice for Cherine".

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