Israel Decides No to Open Investigation into Murder of Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Jerusalem, MINA – The Israeli army on Monday decided not to open a criminal investigation into the murder of Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, despite acknowledging the possibility of being “accidentally” killed by an Israeli soldier.

An Israeli military investigation found there was a high possibility that Abu Akleh, 51, was killed by Israeli gunfire while he was covering a military strike in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on May 11, Wafa reported.

“There is a high possibility that Shireen was accidentally hit by IDF [Israeli army] fire,” the military report said.

The report claims he could also have been shot by Palestinian fire although all independent investigations into the shooting have completely dispelled this claim.

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The Israeli army said the military decided not to open a criminal investigation into Abu Akleh’s murder, as there was no suspicion of criminal offenses that would justify opening a military police investigation.

On May 11, while covering the Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank, Abu Akleh, who worked for al-Jazeera for more than 25 years covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, was killed by a bullet fired into his head by a gunman. Israeli sharp. (T/RE1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)