Palestinian attorney general Akram Al-Khatib announced the results of an investigation into the murder of Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Aqla, The Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the attorney general, the woman was deliberately killed by an Israeli soldier who shot her in the head during an attempt to escape. The characteristics of the bullet indicate that it was fired from an Israeli sniper weapon from where the occupation forces were stationed.
The journalists were wearing flak jackets marked “press” and helmets, al-Khatib recalled, when they came under fire that was fired at them without any warning. The Israeli army had a clear idea of the journalists’ whereabouts in Jenin, he stressed.
Earlier, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the journalist may have been shot by a member of the Israeli army’s elite “Duvdevan” unit. It was reported that the soldiers who arrived at the camp opened fire on the armed man, behind whom there was a group of journalists. An IDF investigation determined that six shots were fired.
Journalist Abu Akle was fatally shot in the head while covering an army raid on a refugee camp in Jenin during which armed clashes broke out between Palestinians and the Israeli military. Another shot hit Al Jazeera producer Ali al-Samoudi, but he survived.
During the funeral, Israeli riot police with batons detained participants in the procession. Those carrying the coffin were among those who were injured. UN Secretary General António Guterres expressed his concern over the actions of the Israeli security forces. Washington condemned Israeli police behavior at Abu Akla’s funeral.