Israeli military increasingly accepts possibility of one of its soldiers killing senior Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu AckleyIsrael is investigating the possibility that a soldier shot and killed her during a raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, reports say.
Palestinian-American Abu Akleh was in Jenin on Wednesday to report on the raid when she was killed by Israeli forces, who said there was no filming of clashes with Palestinian fighters at the time, according to Al Jazeera and multiple witnesses at the scene.
Acknowledging that an Israeli soldier may have been responsible is proof that the Israelis are backtracking from their original position that Palestinian fighters in Jenin likely killed Abu Akl.
A video widely circulated by the Israeli government, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, shows Palestinians shooting in Jenin proved She was not filmed near Abu Akleh when she was killed.
Israeli military sources told The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post that Israel is conducting an investigation into the killing of Abu Akler.
according to Washington postOn Thursday, a senior Israeli military official said the military was investigating three separate incidents involving Abu Akl’s soldiers during his killing.
“A soldier with a rifle and a very good aiming system is shooting at a terrorist with an M16, in very good condition, very clear, shooting at our troops. What we are checking now is Shireen’s position, ” the official told The Washington Post, adding, “This is the most likely [scenario] Participate in Celine’s death”.
The official also said military investigators took rifles from Israeli soldiers involved in the fighting for ballistic testing.
Meanwhile, a senior Israeli military officer also told Wall Street Journal The military is investigating an incident in which a bullet from an Israeli soldier may have killed Abu Akleh.
The official “admitted that a bullet may have deflected from the ground or a wall and hit Ms. Abu Ackley,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Journalists with Abu Akleh, including one wounded, said Israeli troops opened fire on them, even though they were apparently journalists.
Israel has also called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority (PA), which manages parts of the West Bank and cooperates with it on security.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas angrily rejected the offer, saying “we hold the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for her killing”.
“They can’t cover up the truth with this crime,” said Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where the Palestinian Authority is headquartered, where her body lay with a Palestinian flag.
“They are perpetrators because we do not trust them and we will go to the ICC immediately,” Abbas said.
The European Union has urged an “independent” investigation, while the United States has called for a “transparent inquiry” into the murder, a sentiment echoed by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.
in a statementAl Jazeera said Abu Ackley was “assassinated in cold blood” and called on the international community to hold the Israeli army accountable.
In addition to Abu Akleh, another Al Jazeera reporter, Ali al-Samoudi, was also shot in the back at the scene. He is now in stable condition.
Abu Akleh will be Lie down and rest In her hometown of Jerusalem on Friday, her body was transported from Jenin to Jerusalem, via Nablus and Ramallah, over three days since Wednesday.