The United States called for accountability after the Israeli military announced that Jana Zakarne, a Palestinian child, was mistakenly shot dead by their soldiers during a firefight in Jenin over the weekend.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Jana Zakarne, the young girl who was killed,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. “It breaks my heart every time you hear of a civilian killed in military operations like this.”
He added: “The Israeli army is investigating what happened. We hope that in this case they will be held accountable,” noting that “the tragic death of Zakana occurred in the context of an escalation of violence in the West Bank, which we have noticed and regret.” .. The increase in the number of Palestinians and Israelis killed and injured is alarming,” including the injury of many children and the death of a Palestinian teenager.”
Price affirmed “the need for all parties to take urgent steps and measures to calm the situation and prevent further loss of life.”
Source: The Times of Israel.