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The differing accounts of how Shireen Abu Akleh was killed

Conflicting narratives have surfaced about how Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed yesterday.

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The veteran correspondent, dubbed an “icon of Palestinian reporting,” was shot dead while reporting in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. She wore a helmet and a protective jacket that said “Press”.

Al Jazeera insisted that Israeli forces had “deliberately” shot their reporter “in cold blood”. A second Al Jazeera employee, Ali Samodi, a producer who was wounded in the incident, said that “suddenly” Israeli soldiers “opened fire on us” and “the first bullet hit me, the second Shireen.”

Shatha Hanaysha, a Quds News Network journalist who also witnessed the incident, said: “Even after that [Abu Akleh] fell to the ground, the fire didn’t stop and none of us could reach her.”

Hanaysha, who was less than a meter from Abu Akleh when she was shot, had no doubts about what was happening in front of her. “This is an assassination,” she said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, however, said there was “a considerable chance” that “armed Palestinians, who fired wildly, were the ones who brought about the journalist’s unfortunate death.”

The Israeli military said its troops fired back after coming under “massive fire” in Jenin, and first announced that “there is a possibility, now being investigated, that reporters were hit – possibly by gunfire from Palestinian gunmen.” “.

However said The guardthe Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen Aviv Kochavi, “seems to back down from that claim,” saying, “At this time, we cannot determine whose fire injured her and we regret her death.”

According to the Agence France-Presse news agency, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) denied they deliberately attacked journalists, and the Israeli government said it “offered the Palestinians a joint pathological investigation.” The Palestinian Authority spokesman has previously said his government rejects any role for Israel in the investigation.

Analyzing two videos shared online, Sky news One shows the moment the reporter was shot while people around her warn that a sniper is shooting at her, while the second shows what Israeli authorities claim a Palestinian wearing a balaclava was “shot indiscriminately”.

The second video, shared by Israel’s prime minister and the country’s foreign ministry, translated the words of a man on screen: “They hit one, they hit a soldier, he’s on the ground.”

keep writing TwitterBennett said that since “no IDF soldier was injured,” it “raises the possibility that Palestinian terrorists were the ones who shot the journalist.”

Al Jazeera Noting that the UN human rights office had called for an “independent, transparent investigation into her killing,” adding that “impunity must end.”

The White House also called for an investigation, saying it “must be immediate and thorough, and those responsible must be held accountable.”

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/956712/the-varying-accounts-of-how-shireen-abu-aqla-was-killed The differing accounts of how Shireen Abu Akleh was killed

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