JERUSALEM (AP) The Israeli army said Monday there is a higher possibility a soldier killed a well-known Al Jazeera journalist in-may, since it announced the outcomes of its investigation in to the killing. Nonetheless it said the shooting was accidental no you might be punished.
Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in-may while covering Israeli military raids in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinians blamed Israel for the killing. Israel initially said she might have been killed by militant fire, but later said a soldier could have hit her in error during an exchange of fire.
Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist, had covered the West Bank for the satellite channel for just two decades and was known over the Arab world.
In a briefing to reporters, a senior military official said the military cannot conclusively determine where in fact the fire emanated from, saying there might have been Palestinian gunmen in exactly the same area because the Israeli soldier. But he said the soldier shot the journalist with high likelihood and did so in error. The official didn’t explain why witness accounts and videos showed limited militant activity in your community, and also no gunfire in the vicinity before barrage that struck Abu Akleh and wounded another reporter.
He misidentified her, the state said, speaking on condition of anonymity under military briefing guidelines. His reports instantly…absolutely indicate a misidentification.
The outcomes of the probe, announced nearly four months following the killing, largely align with those of several independent investigations completed much earlier.
Abu Aklehs family criticized the investigation, saying the army tried to obscure the reality and steer clear of responsibility for the killing.
Us isn’t surprised by this outcome since its obvious to anyone who Israeli war criminals cannot investigate their very own crimes. However, we remain deeply hurt, frustrated and disappointed, they said in a statement. The household also reiterated its demand an unbiased U.S. investigation and a probe by the International Criminal Court.