OHCHR says Israeli gunfire killed Shireen Abu Aqleh

The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights’ media office stated that the bullet that killed Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh came from Israeli forces.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

According to the statement, it was the Israeli security forces, not the alleged “indiscriminate Palestinian fire,” that fired the bullet that hit Shireen Abu Aqleh in the head, promptly killing her.

Abu Aqleh was killed while covering an Israeli forces arrest operation that was taking place in Jenin.

Ravina Shamdasani, OHCR’s office spokesperson, revealed that her office had conducted its own probe into the matter.

“…this monitoring from our Office is consistent with many findings out there that the shots that killed her came from Israeli Security Forces,” said Shamdasani.

“We’ve inspected photo, video, audio material, we’ve visited the scene, we’ve consulted with experts, and we’ve looked at official communications; we’ve interviewed people who were also on the scene when Abu Aqleh was killed…Based on this very vigorous monitoring, we find that the shots that killed Abu Aqleh came from Israeli Security Forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians,” she continued.

Shamdasani also revealed that several bullets were fired after the fatal shot that were aimed at Abu Aqleh’s unarmed colleagues who were trying to get to her body in the middle of the firing.

Ali Samoodi, another journalist who was accompanying Abu Aqleh on the day of her death, was also hit by a bullet but was not seriously injured.

Another investigation, carried out by the New York Times, alleged that the bullet that killed Abu Aqleh was fired from “the approximate location of an Israeli military vehicle.”

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