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Qatari emir: Those who killed Al Jazeera journalist must be held to account

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, right, shakes hands with President Ebrahim Raisi during an official arrival ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, May 12, 2022. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, right, shakes hands with President Ebrahim Raisi during an official arrival ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, May 12, 2022. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran — The emir of Qatar accuses Israel over the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh amid clashes between Palestinian gunman and Israeli troops during an IDF raid in the West Bank.

Abu Akleh was “killed by the Israeli occupation forces”, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani says at a joint news conference in Tehran with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi.

“We must hold the perpetrators of this heinous crime accountable,” the Qatari leader adds.

The Qatar-based pan-Arab television channel has charged that the Israeli forces had killed her deliberately “in cold blood.”

The Iranian president also implicates Israel, the sworn enemy of the Islamic Republic.

“We are certain that these crimes cannot bring security to the Zionist regime. To the contrary, they will only increase popular anger” towards Israel, Raisi says.

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