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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has delivered the conclusions of its investigation and calls into question the responsibility of the Israeli forces in the death of the journalist, dismissing the thesis of a bullet fired by Palestinian activists.

Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli Defense Forces gunfire on May 11, the UN human rights office concluded, a spokeswoman for the institution said on May 11. June 24.

“All the information we have gathered – including from the Israeli army and the Palestinian attorney general – corroborates the fact that the shots that killed Ms Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from the Israeli security forces and not from shots indiscriminate against armed Palestinians as initially claimed by the Israeli authorities,” said Ravina Shamdasani at a press briefing in Geneva.

“We found no information to suggest that there was any activity by armed Palestinians near the journalists,” she said, saying it was “deeply disturbing that the Israeli authorities did not open to judicial inquiry”.

The American-Palestinian journalist was wearing a bulletproof jacket with the word “press” written on it and a protective helmet when she was hit by a bullet just below the cut of her helmet. After first claiming that the journalist had “probably” succumbed to Palestinian fire, Israel then declared that it did not rule out a gunshot from Israeli soldiers.

The responsibility of the latter in the death of Shireen Abu Akleh was pointed out by the Palestinian justice, then confirmed by an investigation by the American channel CNN, which established the absence of Palestinian fighters near the place where occurred the facts, defeating the thesis of the Israeli authorities. The investigation had also shown that a targeted shot, and not a stray bullet, was the cause of the death of the famous reporter.

On May 26, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz called a “brainless lie any claim that the Israeli military intentionally targeted journalists or civilians not involved” in violence, castigating both the report compiled by Palestinian justice and CNN investigation. The Jewish state had also rejected calls for an international investigation, arguing the “seriousness” of its internal judicial procedures.

The murder of the journalist from the Qatari channel Al Jazeera prompted a unanimous statement from the UN Security Council, which had “strongly condemned”, while the charge of the Israeli police against the funeral procession of Shireen Abu Akleh , on May 13, had also been the source of a worldwide wave of disapproval.


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