Israel: Army acknowledges 'strong possibility' of killing Shireen Abu Akleh

Israel: Army acknowledges “strong possibility” of killing Shireen Abu Akleh

Al-Jazeera star Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering an operation Israeli soldier in a Palestinian camp.

For the first time, the Israeli army on Monday acknowledged “a strong possibility” of having killed, but not deliberately, the journalist of the pan-Arab channel Al-Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh, a half-hearted admission. shade decried by the reporter's family and supporters.

Star of Al-Jazeera, the American-Palestinian journalist was shot dead on May 11 while covering an Israeli military operation in the Palestinian camp of Jenin, a stronghold of the Palestinian armed factions in the north of the Occupied West Bank, where a special unit was trying to apprehend suspects, which led to armed clashes.

After the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, equipped with; a bulletproof vest with the mention Pressand a helmet, the Palestinian Authority and her employer Al-Jazeera immediately accused the Israeli army of killing her. Israel has repeatedly denied this accusation, despite journalistic investigations and a UN report concluding that an Israeli shot was fired, which however ruled out that it was deliberate.

However, on Monday, the Israeli army published the final conclusions of its investigation and admitted that one of its soldiers had indeed fired in the direction of the journalist, mistaking her identity.

“There is a strong possibility that Ms. Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by Israeli army fire which was aimed at suspects identified as Palestinian gunmen.

— Excerpt from the Israeli army report

The army said it studied the sequence of events chronologically, analyzed the scene, video and sound recorded on the spot, conducted a simulation of the scene and that Israeli experts conducted a ballistic analysis of the bullet, on 2 July, in the presence of representatives of the United States Security Coordination Committee for Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Due to the poor condition of the bullet, identifying its origin was difficult, underlines the army in its report, saying that it is not unequivocally certain of the origin of the fatal shot at the journalist.

Clashes took place on May 14 between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the journalist's funeral, which was attended by thousands.

Like the Israeli army, the United States had concluded that Shireen Abu Akleh was likely killed by fire from an Israeli position, without having reason to believe that her death was intentional.

The soldier was not looking to target an Al-Jazeera journalist or a journalist in general. […] The soldier misidentified his target and he is sorry about that, a senior Israeli military official said Monday during a meeting with the press. This should not have happened, he did not do it deliberately, he added.

This official indicated that the soldier , posted about 200 meters behind the reporter, had not seen her Press inscriptionon the front of his bulletproof vest. He said the journalist had been shot in the back of the head.

The Israeli military prosecutor's office announced on Monday that there was no no suspicion of foul play warranting a criminal investigation by the military police, although there is a strong likelihood that Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli soldiers.

The facts and the investigations prove that Israel is the culprit, that it is Israel that killed Shireen and that it is Israel that must bear the responsibility for his crime, reacted Nabil Abou Roudeina, carries -word of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who had organized a state funeral in Ramallah in honor of the journalist.

The Abu Akleh family, who met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington in July, accused Israeli authorities on Monday of avoiding taking responsibility for the journalist's murder, in a statement released in the newspaper. stride of the Israeli investigation report. We remain deeply hurt, frustrated and disappointed, the family said, calling on the United States to conduct a credible investigation.

“ The IDF's admission of guilt comes too late and is incomplete. They did not provide the name of Shireen Abu Akleh's killer and any other information about his testimony other than to say he is sorry.

— Sherif Mansour, Middle East Officer at the Committee to Protect Journalists, New York

Israeli anti-settlement NGO B'Tselem called the Israeli army's findings false confessions. This is not a survey; it's camouflage. This is not an error; it's a policy, she lamented.

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