Report shows Israeli forces deliberately killed Shireen Abu Akleh
A new report released Tuesday (Sep 20)concludes that Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces in May while reporting from the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, was deliberately and repeatedly targeted, along with her colleagues, despite being clearly identified as a member of the press.
The London-based Forensic Architecture and Palestinian Al-Haq rights group said the findings of their joint investigation were submitted on Tuesday to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by Abu Akleh's family.
The report confirms the findings of half a dozen earlier independent reviews of the incident, including by the United Nations, which have found that Israeli forces were responsible for Abu Akleh’s killing, with the U.N. noting that the bullet that killed her was “well aimed.”
the new report, which includes a detailed digital reconstruction of the incident based on previously unseen footage recorded by Al Jazeera staff at the scene, in addition to witness testimony, open-source video, and a drone survey of the area, offers the most conclusive account yet of what transpired that day.
“The investigation was a scientific and documented study that concluded that the killing was deliberate by the Israeli army,’ Shawn Jabarin, the director of Al-Haq rights group, told Anadolu Agency.
He said the forensic engineering unit of the Forensic Architecture group has reviewed the field where Abu Akleh was killed and gathered all related documents, photos and videos, adding that the probe lasted for several days.
The investigation also examined the Israeli sniper’s precise angle of fire, and concluded that the sniper was able to clearly tell that there were journalists in the area.
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Abu Akleh, 51, a Palestinian-American journalist, was killed on May 11, and the Palestinian Health Ministry said she was shot in the head while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.
Several leading media agencies, including Al Jazeera, CNN, Associated Press, Washington Post, and the New York Times, conducted their own investigations, which all came to an end that Abu Akleh was killed by an Israeli bullet.
Earlier this month, the Israeli army said Abu Akleh was likely killed by "wrong" gunfire from an Israeli soldier