The United Nations assured this Friday that, according to its information, Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh of Al Jazeera was shot dead by Israeli forces on May 11.
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“All the information we have collected – including from the Israeli army and the Palestinian attorney general – corroborates that the shots that killed Abu Akleh and wounded his colleague Ali Sammoudi came from the Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate shootings of Palestinians. armed,” spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, told reporters in Geneva.
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“We have not found any information suggesting that there was any activity by armed Palestinians near the journalists,” Shamdasani stressed, considering it “deeply disturbing that the Israeli authorities have not opened any judicial investigation.”
The Palestinian-American journalist was wearing a bulletproof vest emblazoned with the word “press” and a helmet, but the bullet struck her just below it. He was in the vicinity of the Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold of Palestinian armed factions where Israeli forces were carrying out an incursion.
“The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, continues to urge the Israeli authorities to launch a criminal investigation into the death of Abu Akleh and into all other deaths or serious injuries committed by Israeli forces in the West Bank. and in the framework of law enforcement operations in Gaza”.
“International human rights standards demand a prompt, thorough, transparent, independent and impartial investigation of any use of force that causes death or serious injury. The perpetrators must be held accountable,” Shamdasani stressed.
“In accordance with our global human rights monitoring methodology, our office inspected photographic, video and audio material. It also visited the site, consulted experts, reviewed official communications and interviewed witnesses,” the spokeswoman said.
“Our findings indicate that no warning was given and there were no indiscriminate shootings at that time and place,” Shamdasani said, noting that the journalists were wearing clearly marked protective gear. It was the Israeli forces that fired several volleys of fire, he noted.
Israel says it’s ‘impossible’ to say how Palestinian journalist died
The Israeli army reaffirmed this Friday that it was “impossible” to determine how Shireen Abu Akleh died.after the UN stated that the Palestinian-American journalist had been shot dead by Israeli forces on May 11 in the occupied West Bank.
The reporter for the Qatari channel Al Jazeera “was not intentionally killed by an Israeli soldier and it is impossible to determine if she was killed by a Palestinian gunman who was shooting indiscriminately in the area where she was or by an Israeli soldier’s carelessness,” the army said in a statement.
*With information from AFP
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