Journalist Shireen Abu Aqla was killed by Israeli fire, according to a UN investigation

(Geneva) Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh was killed by Israeli fire on May 11, the United Nations Office of Human Rights in Israel concluded, ruling out deliberate shooting, and ruling this investigation as “baseless”.

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Christoph Vogt and Claire Junon in Jerusalem
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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 Mr.I High Commission spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said, during a press briefing in Geneva, that Abu Uqla and his colleague Ali al-Samudi’s injury came from the Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate fire from Palestinian gunmen as the Israeli authorities initially claimed.

“We did not find any information indicating the presence of any activity by Palestinian militants near the journalists,” Al-Sayed said.I Shamdasani said that the failure of the Israeli authorities to open a judicial investigation was “extremely disturbing.”

The press investigations in recent weeks also indicated the direction of the Israeli army.

She quickly responded on Friday and dismissed the UN version by copying and pasting her previous press releases, and 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.

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“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.

On the basis of these elements, the services of M.I Bachelet concluded that the journalists chose an approach that “makes them visible to the Israeli forces deployed on the streets.”

“Our findings indicate that no warnings were issued and there was no shooting at this time and place,” El-Sayed said.I Shamdasani, noting that the journalists were wearing protective equipment clearly marked.

She added that at that time, Israeli forces targeted them with several bullets.

Benny Gantz is skeptical and asserts that the army “came under heavy fire during the events that led to the killing of Mr.I Shireen, she responded appropriately.”

“So 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 Public Prosecutor, it is a 556 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.

criminal investigation

The journalist was wearing a flak jacket with the word “press” written on it and a protective helmet when she was shot under the cut-outs of 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.

MI Bachelet continues, “urging the Israeli authorities to open a criminal investigation into the murder of Mr.I Abu Oqla and all 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. The perpetrators must be held accountable.”I Shamdasani.

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