Israeli security forces fired bullets that killed Palestinian journalist, UN reveals

Israeli security forces fired the bullets that killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in May, according to a UN report.

Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera correspondent, was shot dead on May 11 while reporting a raid on the occupied city of Jenin in the West Bank.

The UN report states that seven journalists arrived at the Jenin refugee camp just after 6 a.m. Half an hour later, the group of reporters turned into a street and was fired upon by Israeli troops.

“A single bullet wounded Ali Sammoudi in the shoulder; another single bullet struck Abu Akleh in the head and killed her instantly,” the report said.

Another journalist who worked for the Al-Quds publication, Ali Sammoudi, was also shot and injured in the incident.

“We are discovering that the shots that killed Abu Akleh came from Israeli security forces,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN Human Rights Agency, told reporters in Geneva.

“It is deeply disturbing that the Israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation.

“We at the UN Human Rights Office have completed our independent monitoring of the incident.

“The shots that killed Abu Akleh and wounded her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians, as initially claimed by Israeli authorities,” she said.

Israeli and Palestinian officials have exchanged blame over the incident, raising tensions. Israel has denied that one of its soldiers “targeted a journalist”.

An earlier investigation by the Palestinian authorities concluded that Israeli forces deliberately shot and killed the veteran reporter.

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