An investigation by the Palestinian Authority concluded that Israeli forces deliberately killed Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akle on the 11th in Jenin (West Bank). Palestinian Attorney General Akram al Jatib presented the results of a forensic and ballistic examination of a reporter’s death in Ramallah this Thursday as she covered information about an army incursion against Palestinian militias. “It has been proven that there were no Palestinian armed groups in the place where the events took place, and only Israeli troops were deployed,” the prosecutor general said, who said that a 5-caliber bullet was found in Abu’s body. Akle caliber 56 millimeters, reinforced with steel used in NATO, ammunition used only by Israel in the region.
The Palestinian Attorney General also said that the shot that caused the death of a Palestinian journalist was fired by an Israeli soldier who was about 170 meters from the place where she was shot. The Palestinian Authority has announced that it will not hand over the projectile to the Israeli military for examination and will hand it over to the International Criminal Court, which launched an investigation into war crimes committed in Palestine last year.
Investigations by the Prosecutor General’s Office show that Abu Akle’s death was the result of a deliberate armed action against journalists, characterized as a war crime. According to a ballistics and forensics report cited by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, the bullet examined “had the ability to penetrate (bulletproof vests) and was of the type used by snipers.” An official Palestinian investigation indicates that Abu Akle, a veteran Middle East conflict reporter, was shot in the head while trying to take cover at the start of the shootout. Subsequent shots prevented the satellites from assisting her.
Palestinian Attorney General Akram al-Khatib hands over the autopsy report of Shirin Abu Akla to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right) in Ramallah on Thursday.PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT’S OFFICE (via REUTERS)
The Israeli army claims that an Al Jazeera reporter was killed in a shootout during a clash between its troops and Palestinian militias. A military spokesman on Tuesday did not rule out that the shot could have been fired from an Israeli rifle and therefore asked the Palestinians for a joint ballistics analysis to determine the origin of the bullet that ended the life of the informant. However, last week the Israeli military justice refused to investigate the events on its own.
The Palestinian Authority forwarded the autopsy report to United States diplomatic officials because Abu Akle also held American citizenship. The reporter’s family and the Qatari TV station she worked for also received copies of the forensic report, according to Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh, who handles relations with Israel. Israel’s defense minister, former General Benny Gantz, called the conclusions of a Palestinian investigation accusing troops of deliberately shooting a journalist “outright lies.”
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