Israeli forces assassinated Palestinian reporter Shireen Abu Akleh ‘intentionally’: Probe
A Palestinian human rights group and a London-based research group have published a report concluding that slain Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was intentionally targeted by Israeli troops, dismissing the Israeli regime’s account that the assassination was unintentional.
In a joint investigation, Al-Haq and Forensic Architecture said they used previously unseen footage and “advanced spatial and audio analysis” to determine that Abu Akleh was “explicitly targeted” by Israeli troops.
Abu Akleh was shot in the head and martyred by the Israeli army forces on May 11 while she was covering their raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. At the time of her martyrdom, the 51-year-old journalist was wearing easily-recognizable press attire.
The Israeli sniper who martyred Abu Akleh was able to clearly tell that there were journalists in the area, the investigation concluded, after examining the sniper’s precise angle of fire.
According to the probe, the Israeli sniper shot for two minutes and deliberately targeted those who tried to rescue Abu Akleh.
The sniper shot three rounds of bullets, including an initial six bullets followed by seven more which martyred the Palestinian journalist and then three more to stop efforts to rescue her.
The findings come as Abu Akleh’s family submitted an official complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to demand justice for her cold-blooded murder.
Her brother Anton said that they would do all that is necessary to ensure accountability for her assassination.