Interim Israel army probe says 'unclear' who shot Shireen Abu Akleh

AFP , Friday 13 May 2022

The interim findings of an Israeli army investigation could not determine who fired the bullet that killed an Al Jazeera reporter in the occupied West Bank, the military said Friday.

Shireen Abu Akleh
An image grab from footage distributed by the Doha-based Al-Jazeera TV shows a reporter reacting (R) as an unidentified man tries to lift the body of the channel s veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh from the ground after she was fatally wounded by gunfire in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on May 11, 2022. - Abu Aqleh, 51, a prominent figure in the channel s Arabic news service was shot dead by Israeli troops early in the morning as she covered a raid on Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, according to Al-Jazeera. The Qatari news channel said its journalist had been shot dead deliberately and in cold blood by Israeli troops . AFP


The 51-year-old Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran for the Qatar-based news channel, was shot dead on Wednesday during an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank.

"The conclusion from the interim report is that it's not possible to determine the source of the gunfire that hit and killed the reporter", the Israeli army said in a statement.

"The investigation shows two possibilities for the source of the shot that killed her," the report said.

The first could have been a "massive fire of Palestinian gunmen (at Israeli soldiers), as part of which hundreds of bullets were shot from a number of locations."

"The other option is that during the gunfight, one of the soldiers shot a few bullets from a jeep using a telescopic scope at a terrorist who was firing at his vehicle," it added.

Israel and the Palestinians have traded blame over the fatal shooting, with Israel calling for a joint probe and stressing the need for Palestinian authorities to hand over the fatal bullet for forensic examination.

The Palestinian Authority has rejected holding a joint probe with Israel, saying Israel was "completely responsible" for her death.

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