US calls for ‘accountability’ following Israeli killing of Palestinian girl

State Department spokesperson expressed ‘profound condolences’ after 16-year-old Jana Majdi Zakarneh was shot while retrieving her cat

There is mounting calls for an investigation over the killing of 16-year-old Jana Majdi Zakarneh (Social Media)

The US has called for “accountability” after Israeli forces killed 16-year-old Palestinian Jana Majdi Zakarneh on Sunday evening.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price on Monday said: “We do express our profound condolences to the family of Jana Zakarna, the young teenage girl who was killed.”

“We understand the IDF is undertaking an investigation into what happened. We hope to see accountability in this case,” he added at a news conference, using an acronym for the Israeli military.

According to reports, Zakarneh was shot four times. Zakarneh’s uncle, speaking to AFP, said that his niece had gone to the roof of the building to get her cat.

‘She wasn’t carrying a weapon or throwing stones, she had nothing and was shot with four bullets’

“She wasn’t carrying a weapon or throwing stones, she had nothing and was shot with four bullets in deadly spots: in the head, the face and twice in the chest. They have truly killed childhood,” he said.

Noting the recent “alarming increase in Palestinian and Israeli deaths and injuries,” Price reiterated the need for “all parties to take steps to de-escalate the situation”.

The Israeli army confirmed the killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Sunday night. In a statement, it said soldiers hit the girl unintentionally, claiming they returned fire at gunmen on a rooftop.

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