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The IDF said that the journalist of Al Jazeera Shirin Abu Akle may have been accidentally killed by an Israeli soldier during a firefight in Jenin in May this year.
The Jerusalem Post reports.
“There is a high possibility that Shirin was accidentally shot by the IDF at suspects, identified as armed Palestinian militants, during a firefight in which IDF soldiers were fired at massive and indiscriminate life-threatening shots,” an IDF spokesman said. .
The military said the soldiers fired on people they identified as armed Palestinian militants throughout the firefight.
According to a senior IDF officer who spoke to reporters, there is a “higher possibility” that the shot that killed Abu Akle was fired by an Israeli soldier “accidentally while he was under fire and returned fire”; on Palestinian terrorists.
At the same time, the military emphasizes that it is still impossible to determine with certainty who fired the fatal bullet.
“There remains another possibility that Abu Akle was wounded by bullets fired by Palestinian militants,” the IDF said.
According to the findings of the investigation, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi stated that there was no deliberate shooting by IDF soldiers with the intent to harm the journalist.
According to Haruts Sheva, after the verification was completed, the findings were submitted to the military prosecutor's office for further study. A detailed analysis of the collected data was presented to the military prosecutor general, who concluded that, given the circumstances of the case, there a criminal offense that would justify the opening of an investigation by the military police.
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