Israeli army admits responsibility for Shireen Abu Akleh’s death; no legal consequences / Villamedia

Lars Pasveer — Monday September 5, 2022, 15:33 | 0 comments, join the conversation

A front row portrait of Abu Akleh at a press conference last July when US President Biden met his Palestinian counterpart. | Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

The Israeli army concludes after its own investigation that Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was probably killed by an Israeli soldier ‘by mistake’. At the same time, that conclusion will not lead to legal follow-up action against the soldier or higher ranks.

Last change: September 5, 2022, 15:36

No one will ultimately be held responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Associated Press writes. The journalist was shot in the head last May and died instantly.

Abu Akleh was killed when she reported on an Israeli army raid on the occupied West Bank. She was wearing a helmet and bulletproof clothing with the PRESS badge, which identified her as a reporter.

Abu Akleh was hit just below her ear, presumably by a sniper.

Earlier American research pointed in the direction of Israel, but did not speak of intention. Eyewitnesses stated in May that there were no Palestinian fighters nearby when the shooting was fired.

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