الجيش الإسرائيلي يُرجّح مقتل الصحفية "أبو عاقلة" بنيران "خاطئة" أطلقها أحد جنوده

The Israeli army is likely to kill journalist “Abu Aqila” by “wrong” fire from one of its soldiers

Jerusalem / Abdel Raouf Arnaout / Anatolia

On Monday, the Israeli army suggested that Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh was killed by “wrong” fire from an Israeli soldier.

A statement that included the final conclusions of the investigation conducted by the army, a copy of which reached Anadolu Agency, said: “After a series of investigations conducted by a specialized professional team, it is not possible to determine, with certainty, who was behind the killing of (journalist) Shireen Abu Akleh, although there is a high probability that That the journalist was killed by the wrong fire of the army while shooting at those identified as Palestinian militants during a battle in which the Israeli forces were exposed to a barrage of heavy and indiscriminate bullets that endangered the lives of the soldiers.

However, the statement added that the possibility that Abu Aqila had been killed by Palestinian gunmen “still exists.”

In the statement, the Israeli army noted that Central Command Commander Yehuda Fox “recently presented to Chief of General Staff Aviv Kohavi the final conclusions of the investigation into the shooting incidents that led to the killing of journalist Shirin Abu Akleh.”

He continued: “As part of the investigations, the army force that was present in the incident was interrogated, and a careful analysis of the course of events was conducted, with the analysis and examination of the sound from the scene directly, in addition to a detailed analysis of the area of ​​​​the area, especially the shooting area, which included a detailed simulation of what It happened in the area.”

“In addition, ballistic and forensic examinations were conducted from the scene of the accident, and investigators examined additional information that was published about the incident, including information presented by international media, including video and audio documentation,” he said.

He added, “Following repeated claims, the bullet (which caused her death) was transferred for examination on July 2 and underwent a ballistic examination in a forensic laboratory by Israeli professional bodies attended by competent American representatives by the US Security Coordinator between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

He continued: “In the examination, it was determined that, given the position of the bullet and the quality of the marks that it was on, there is a real difficulty in the diagnosis process, as he was unable to determine whether or not the bullet was fired by the Israeli army.”

And the Israeli army added: “According to all the results, it was found that it was not possible to definitively determine by whom Shirin Abu Aqleh was killed, but it seems that there is a greater possibility that she was mistakenly hit by IDF fire directed at those diagnosed as militants. Palestinians, during a battle in which a barrage of heavy and indiscriminate bullets was fired at the army forces, endangering their lives.

He said: “The army soldiers’ fire was directed at the gunmen who opened fire on our forces, and another possibility, which still exists, is that Abu Aqila was killed by the fire of the Palestinian gunmen aimed at the place where she was.”

He added: “The mechanisms and rules of fire were examined and implemented, and no violation of them was found.”

He pointed out that the chief of staff of the Israeli army “accepted the conclusions of the investigation, and concluded that it was deep and comprehensive, and that the investigation teams tried to do everything they could and in the smallest details to reach the truth.”

He said: “In addition, the Chief of Staff confirmed, according to the results of the investigation, that Abu Akleh was not diagnosed as a journalist, and therefore there was no deliberate shooting by IDF fighters to target the journalist.”

He added: “At the end of the investigation, all the data was transferred to the examination of the Military Public Prosecution, where a detailed analysis of the data collected was presented, and a response to the clarifying questions directed to the investigation team was presented.”

The statement stated that the Army’s Military Prosecutor General will not open a criminal investigation into the incident.

He added: “After a comprehensive study and examination of the incident, and based on all the available data, the Military Prosecutor found that, according to the circumstances of the incident, there is no suspicion of a criminal offense that justifies opening a criminal investigation with the Military Police.”

For his part, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi expressed his regret over the killing of journalist Abu Akleh.

In the same statement, he said: “The killing of Shireen Abu Aqila is an unfortunate event.”

Kochavi added: “The reporter was in a dangerous arena, and at the height of a battle that lasted for about an hour, during which Palestinian gunmen fired intensively at the army soldiers, endangering their lives, indiscriminate shooting in all directions.”

Abu Aqila, who was working as a correspondent for the Qatari “Al-Jazeera” channel, was killed on May 11, 2022, and the Palestinian Ministry of Health said that she was shot in the head by the Israeli army while covering its storming of the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

On May 26, the Palestinian Public Prosecutor, Akram Al-Khatib, announced the results of the Palestinian Public Prosecution’s investigations, which concluded that Abu Aqila was killed by an Israeli sniper “without prior warning.”

Investigations conducted by leading American press organizations, such as CNN, the Associated Press, the Washington Post and the New York Times, concluded that Abu Aqila was killed by Israeli bullets.

Al Jazeera also conducted an investigation that reached the same conclusion.

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