Israeli gunfire killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, U.N. says

by | Jun 24, 2022 | Top Stories

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Palestinian artists paint a mural in honor of slain veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Gaza City, after she was killed on May 11. A new U.N. report says Israeli forces fired the shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured a colleague.

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The U.N. office for human rights says its review of the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while covering an Israeli army operation last month shows that the shots that killed her and injured her colleague came from Israeli forces — not Palestinians, despite Israel’s claim that it is unclear which side killed her. “We have found no information suggesting that there was activity by armed Palestinians in the immediate vicinity of the journalists,” U.N. Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in a statement released Friday. The office says it reached its determination after gathering information from the Israeli military and the Palestinian attorney general. Its staff also visited the scene where Abu Akleh was shot, spoke to witnesses and experts, and analyzed video and other records. The journalist was covering an Israeli raid Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian American, was killed on May 11 while covering a morning military raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. She was shot in the head while wearing a helmet and vest marking her as press.

At first, Israel’s military and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Abu Akleh was likely killed by armed Palestinians firing indiscriminately — a narrative that was quickly questioned by witnesses and by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights monitor. After its initial statements, Israel acknowledged that it’s possible one of its soldiers fired the shots, and it’s been investigating the killing. But Israel has also dismissed the findings of outside investigations that laid the blame on its military, saying they were biased. U.N. details the sequence of events before Abu Akleh’s death On the day she died, Abu Akleh was in a group of seven journalists that came to the Jenin refugee camp’s western entrance shortly after 6 a.m. local time, according to the U.N. report. They were attempting to cover an Israeli arrest operation in the camp. The journalists approached via a side street, saying later that the route avoided armed Palestinians and would also “make their presence visible to the Israeli forces deployed down the stre …

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