The United Nations Human Rights Office in Israel concluded the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 by Israeli bullets, which ruled out deliberate shooting, and ruled on its part that this investigation was “baseless.”
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“All the information we collected – including from the Israeli army and the Palestinian attorney general – supports the fact that the shots that killed Ms. Abu Oqla and injured her colleague Ali Al-Samudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate shots against Palestinian gunmen. High Commission spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said, During a press conference in Geneva, “as the Israeli authorities initially claimed.”
“We did not find any information indicating the presence of any activity by Palestinian gunmen near the journalists,” Shamdasani said, adding that “it is very worrying that the Israeli authorities have not opened a ‘judicial investigation’.”
The press investigations in recent weeks also indicated the direction of the Israeli army.
Responding quickly on Friday, dismissing the UN version by nearly copying and pasting its previous press releases, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz spoke of a “baseless” investigation.
In a statement issued by the Israeli army, the army stated that the Qatari Al-Jazeera correspondent “was not deliberately shot by an Israeli soldier, and it is impossible to determine whether she was killed by a Palestinian gunman who randomly fired at the area she was in or by an Israeli soldier.” statement.
“In accordance with our global approach to human rights monitoring, our office has examined photo, video and audio material, visited sites, consulted with experts, reviewed official communications, and interviewed witnesses,” said the HCHR spokesperson.
Based on these elements, Ms. Bachelet’s services concluded that the journalists chose an approach that “makes them visible to the Israeli forces deployed in the street”.
“Our findings indicate that no warnings were issued and there was no shooting at this time and place,” Shamdasani said, noting that the journalists were wearing well-defined protective clothing.
She added that at that time, Israeli forces targeted them with several bullets.
Benny Gantz objects and asserts that the army “was the target of heavy fire during the events that led to the killing of Ms. Sherine, and its response was appropriate.”
“What will happen now?” , “How many reports do we need to hold them accountable?” asked the journalist’s niece, Lina Abu Akleh, on Twitter, referring to the Israeli authorities.
On Friday, the Israeli army renewed its request to the Palestinian Authority to hand over the fatal bullet. This is the only way you can determine who fired the shot.
According to the Palestinian plaintiff, it is a 5.56 mm bullet fired by a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle.
The Palestinian Authority has always refused to return the bullet and has asked the Israelis to hand over the weapons instead.
The reporter was wearing a flak jacket with the word “press” written on it and a hard hat when she was shot under her helmet. It was on the outskirts of Jenin refugee camp, the stronghold of armed Palestinian factions, where the Israeli forces were launching a raid.
Ms. Bachelet “continues to urge the Israeli authorities to open a criminal investigation into the murder of Ms. Abu Akleh and all other killings and serious injuries committed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and in the context of law enforcement operations in Gaza.”
According to the High Commission, since the beginning of 2022, Israeli security forces have killed 58 Palestinians in the West Bank, including 13 children.
International human rights law requires a prompt, thorough, transparent, independent and impartial investigation into any use of force that results in death or serious injury. Ms. Shamdasani stressed the need to hold the perpetrators accountable.
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