Israeli gunfire likely killed Al Jazeera journalists, US officials say after investigation – National

US officials have concluded that gunfire from Israeli positions likely killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but that there “is no reason to believe” her shooting was intentional, the State Department said on Monday .

The finding, in a statement from State Department spokesman Ned Price, came after inconclusive testing by independent ballistics experts under US supervision of the bullet fragment recovered from Abu Akleh’s body, according to the US.

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“Ballistics experts determined that the bullet was badly damaged, preventing a clear conclusion” about who fired the shot, Price said in the statement.

Abu Akleh, a veteran correspondent and US and Palestinian national well-known in the Arab world, was shot dead while covering an Israeli military attack in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on May 11. Palestinian eyewitnesses, including their crew, say Israeli forces killed them and that no militants were in the immediate vicinity.

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Israel says she was killed during a complex battle with Palestinian militants and only a forensic analysis of the bullet would confirm whether it was fired by an Israeli soldier or a Palestinian militant. It has strongly denied she was deliberately targeted, but says an Israeli soldier may have accidentally hit her during a shootout with a militant.

US security officials reviewed the findings of both the Palestinian and Israeli investigations and “concluded that gunfire from IDF positions was likely responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh,” Price said.

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The Israeli military presented the findings as part of its own investigation in a statement likely to anger the Palestinian Authority, which had firmly denied any Israeli role in the investigation and refused to share the bullet with Israeli authorities.

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The military said the bullet remained in the custody of US officials throughout the trial but was examined by Israeli experts at a forensic laboratory in Israel.


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Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, the army chief of staff, ordered the investigation to continue “by all available means,” the military said in a statement. It said a decision to open a criminal investigation would be made only after the operational investigation was completed.

The Palestinian Authority and Al Jazeera accused Israeli forces of targeting Abu Akleh within hours of her death.

An Associated Press reconstruction of her assassination supported reports by Palestinian eyewitnesses, including her crew, that she was killed by Israeli forces. Subsequent research by CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post came to similar conclusions.

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Krauss reported from Ottawa, Ontario. Associated Press reporter Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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