UN panel finds journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli fire

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The United Nations mentioned Friday that its findings confirmed that the shot that killed Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Could 11 was fired by Israeli forces.

The Palestinian-American journalist, who was carrying a vest marked “Press” and a helmet, was killed on Could 11 whereas overlaying an Israeli military operation in Jenin camp within the northern West Financial institution. 

“We discover that the pictures that killed Abu Akleh got here from Israeli safety forces,” UN Human Rights Workplace spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani informed reporters in Geneva.

“It’s deeply disturbing that Israeli authorities haven’t carried out a legal investigation.

“We on the UN Human Rights Workplace have concluded our unbiased monitoring into the incident.

“The pictures that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi got here from Israeli safety forces and never from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians, as initially claimed by Israeli authorities,” she mentioned. 

She added that the knowledge got here from the Israeli army and the Palestinian lawyer normal. 

“We have now discovered no info suggesting that there was exercise by armed Palestinians within the speedy neighborhood of the journalists,” Shamdasani mentioned. 

Memorial held for slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Consistent with its human rights monitoring methodology, the UN rights workplace inspected picture, video and audio materials, visited the scene, consulted consultants, reviewed official communications and interviewed witnesses.

The findings confirmed that seven journalists arrived on the western entrance of the Jenin refugee camp quickly after 6:00 am.

At round 6:30 am, as 4 of the journalists became a specific road, “a number of single, seemingly well-aimed bullets had been fired in direction of them from the course of the Israeli safety forces.

“One single bullet injured Ali Sammoudi within the shoulder; one other single bullet hit Abu Akleh within the head and killed her immediately.”

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged Israel to open a legal investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing and into all different killings by Israeli forces within the West Financial institution and within the context of legislation enforcement operations in Gaza.


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