Palestinian probe says Israeli forces deliberately shot Abu Akleh

A Palestinian official has said that an investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh shows Israeli forces deliberately shot and killed the veteran journalist.

The findings echoed the results of a preliminary investigation announced nearly two weeks ago and were widely expected amid global outrage over the veteran reporter’s killing.

A Palestinian official has said that an investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh shows Israeli forces deliberately shot and killed the veteran journalist.

The findings echoed the results of a preliminary investigation announced nearly two weeks ago and were widely expected amid global outrage over the veteran reporter’s killing.

Al Khatib was reporting on the findings of a Palestinian Authority (PA) investigation into the killing of Abu Akleh, who was shot on May 11 while covering an Israeli army incursion in the West Bank city of Jenin.

“The only source of firing was by the occupation forces with the aim to kill,” he said.

Al Khateeb said his investigation was based on interviews with witnesses, an inspection of the scene and a forensic medical report.

Eyewitnesses and colleagues who were present at the scene had previously said Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces. Al Jazeera Media Network also said Abu Akleh was “assassinated in cold blood” by Israeli forces.

Al Khatib said the investigation showed that there were no Palestinian fighters near the scene of the shooting, negating Israel’s claim that the bullet may have came from the Palestinians. He said that the army saw Abu Akleh along with other journalists who were all clearly marked as members of the press.

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