The Israeli military said in early July that Israeli and non-American experts would be examining the bullet that killed the reporter.
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For the first time, the Israeli army recognized, on Monday 5 September, “a strong chance” of having killed, but not deliberately, the journalist of the pan-Arab channel Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh, in the final conclusions of his investigation. Even the army acknowledged that one of his soldiers had actually fired in the journalist’s direction, mistaking his identity: “There is a strong possibility that (Shireen) Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by Israeli army fire that was aimed at suspects identified as Palestinian gunmen”.
The military reported having studied “chronologically” the sequence of events, analyzed the places, videos and sounds recorded on site, conducted a “scene simulation” and that “Israeli Experts” carried out a ballistic analysis of the bullet on 2 July, in the presence of representatives of the “United States Security Coordination Committee for Israel and the Palestinian Authority”.
Due to “bad ball condition”identifying its origin was “hard”stressed the army in its report, saying it was not sure “unequivocal” of the origin of the deadly shooting of the journalist. Protagonist of Al Jazeera, the American-Palestinian journalist was shot dead on May 11 while following an Israeli military operation in the Palestinian camp of Jenin, a stronghold of the Palestinian armed factions in the north of the occupied West Bank, where a special unit was trying to capture “suspicious”which led to armed clashes.
After the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, wearing a bulletproof vest with the words “press” and a helmet, the Palestinian Authority and her employer Al Jazeera immediately accused the Israeli army of killing her. Israel has consistently rejected this accusation, despite journalistic investigations and a UN report concluding that an Israeli shot had been fired, which however ruled out that it was intentional.