US State Department spokesperson Ned Price revealed that a US investigation into the death of Al-Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akleh hinted at the likelihood of her having been killed by Israeli military gunfire.
The statement said that a U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC) led investigation had concluded that ” gunfire from IDF positions was likely responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh.”
“The USSC found no reason to believe that this was intentional but rather the result of tragic circumstances during an IDF-led military operation against factions of Palestinian Islamic Jihad on May 11, 2022, in Jenin, which followed a series of terrorist attacks in Israel,” the statement continued.
It also mentioned that the origin of the bullet could not be traced definitively due to ballistics experts determining that the bullet was too damaged to warrant a “clear conclusion.”
The Palestinian-American journalist was shot down in Jenin last month while covering an Israeli security forces operation in Jenin.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett himself, stated that Palestinian firing indiscriminately may have been responsible for the death of Abu Akleh.
Bennett later retracted his statements, acknowledging that it may have been possible for an Israeli soldier to have shot Abu Akleh instead.