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Shireen Abu Akleh Killed by Israelis Shots: UN

Tasnim
25 Jun 2022, 00:37 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The United Nations said it had gathered information that showed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on May 11 by bullets fired by Israeli forces.

"All information we have gathered ... is consistent with the finding that the shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians," UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva on Friday, Al Jazeera reported.

Shamdasani added that the information the OHCHR had gathered had revealed no "activity by armed Palestinians in the immediate vicinity of the journalists".

Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces while she was covering an army raid on Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.

Her killing led to outrage from Palestinians and around the world, with thousands attending her funeral in occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli police attacked the pallbearers at the funeral, almost causing Abu Akleh's coffin to fall to the ground.

Multiple witnesses said that Israeli forces killed the veteran reporter. Investigations conducted by several media organizations have also come to the same conclusion.

Shamdasani said that the OHCHR's investigation had shown that Abu Akleh and her fellow journalists had made a concerted effort to be visible as members of the press to Israeli soldiers positioned further down the street.

"The journalists said they chose a side street for their approach to avoid the location of armed Palestinians inside the camp and that they proceeded slowly in order to make their presence visible to the Israeli forces deployed down the street," Shamdasani said. "Our findings indicate that no warnings were issued and no shooting was taking place at that time and at that location."

"Several single, seemingly well-aimed bullets were fired towards them [the journalists] from the direction of the Israeli security forces."

Shamdasani added that bullets continued to be fired at an unarmed man who tried to come to Abu Akleh's aid, as well as a journalist who was sheltering behind a tree.

Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, initially tried to argue that Palestinian gunmen could have killed Abu Akleh.

Lawyers working on a case filed to the ICC over the targeting of Palestinian journalists by Israeli forces have also said they will add Abu Akleh's killing to the case.

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