Israeli Army’s Investigation Finds ‘High Possibility’ Soldier Killed Al Jazeera Reporter

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military mentioned Monday there was a “high possibility” {that a} soldier killed a widely known Al Jazeera journalist in Could, because it introduced the outcomes of its investigation into the killing. However it mentioned the taking pictures was unintentional and nobody can be punished.

Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in Could whereas overlaying Israeli navy raids within the occupied West Financial institution. The Palestinians blamed Israel for the killing. Israel initially mentioned she could have been killed by militant hearth, however later mentioned a soldier could have hit her by mistake throughout an trade of fireplace.

Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist, had coated the West Financial institution for the satellite tv for pc channel for 20 years and was identified throughout the Arab world.

In a briefing to reporters, a senior navy official mentioned the navy couldn’t conclusively decide the place the fireplace emanated from, saying there could have been Palestinian gunmen in the identical space because the Israeli soldier. However he mentioned the soldier shot the journalist “with very high likelihood” and did so by mistake. The official didn’t clarify why witness accounts and movies confirmed restricted militant exercise within the space, in addition to no gunfire within the neighborhood till the barrage that struck Abu Akleh and wounded one other reporter.

“He misidentified her,” the official mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity below navy briefing tips. “His reports in real time…absolutely point to a misidentification.”

The outcomes of the probe, introduced practically 4 months after the killing, largely align with these of a number of impartial investigations accomplished a lot earlier.

Abu Akleh’s household criticized the investigation, saying the military “tried to obscure the truth and avoid responsibility” for the killing.

“Our family is not surprised by this outcome since it’s obvious to anyone that Israeli war criminals cannot investigate their own crimes. However, we remain deeply hurt, frustrated and disappointed,” they mentioned in an announcement. The household additionally reiterated its name for an impartial U.S. investigation and a probe by the Worldwide Legal Courtroom.