Israel admits journalist probably killed ‘accidentally’ — Analysis
The IDF says there is a “high possibility” Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by mistake and won’t charge soldiers
Israel is not going to open any criminal investigations against its soldiers in relation to the murder of Shireen Ab Akleh (Palestinian-American journalist) in May. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Monday admitting that there are a number of terrorists in the country. “high possibility”The journalist was “accidentally hit”By Israeli Army Fire
A probe by the Israeli army into the incident found that Abu Akleh, 51 years old, was probably shot and killed by an Israeli soldier. “wild and indiscriminate”Gunfire, and she was mistakenly identified as a Palestinian combatant.
IDF stated that it doesn’t rule out that the journalist could have been killed by Palestinian gunfire.
Chief of Staff for the Israeli Army Aviv Kohavi stated that Abu Akleh’s death was “a devastating incident”This was the result “during operational activity to prevent Palestinian terror”The journalist was also killed in an altercation. “exchange of fire that lasted for almost an hour.”
According to the IDF, it won’t be seeking criminal prosecution or charges against the soldiers who were involved in the incident. “was no suspicion of a criminal offense that warrants the opening of an MPCID investigation.”
The IDF’s conclusion however, seems to contradict the findings of investigations carried out by the UN and The Palestinian Authority, as well as several media outlets including CNN and Associated Press.
Eyewitness and video evidence, as well as footage from these investigations suggest that Abu Akleh was not in active combat during her time of death.
Abu Akleh can also be seen wearing a protective vest and helmet that were clearly labeled “PRESS” on both the front and the back as she was standing next to other journalists who were also in their press gear. But, the IDF claims that Israeli soldiers didn’t know whom they were shooting at.
CNN’s investigation back in May suggested that Abu Akleh, who was a veteran Al Jazeera Arabic TV correspondent and a household name in the Arab world, may have been intentionally targeted by Israeli forces.
Al Jazeera described this killing in a statement. “blatant murder”he said Abu Akleh was “assassinated in cold blood”he has demanded that Israeli authorities be held accountable for the incident.
Abu Akleh’s family rejected the results of the Israeli investigation, saying in a statement that it aims to “obscure the truth”These are the facts. “Our family is not surprised by this outcome since it’s obvious to anyone the Israeli war criminals cannot investigate their own crimes,” the family’s statement reads.
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