Rights Group Denies Israeli Narrative of Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s Murder

B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, stated on Wednesday that the Israeli army’s account of the killing of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh is “incorrect.”

B’Tselem’s field researcher in Jenin documented the exact locations in which the Palestinian gunman depicted in a video distributed by the Israeli army, fired, as well as the exact location in which Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed.

B’Tselem’s spokesman Kareem Jubran said that his group conducted extensive research on the video disseminated by the Israeli army, and it revealed that the angel of shooting allegedly by the Palestinian gunman, as appeared in the video, does not correspond to the location where Abu Akleh was shot and killed.

“Documentation of Palestinian gunfire distributed by the Israeli military cannot be the gunfire that killed Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh,” B’Tselem wrote on Twitter.

Jubran also stated that B’Tselem will conduct another comprehensive investigation.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett claimed that Palestinians are likely to be behind her killing.

“According to the information in our hands right now, there is a good chance that armed Palestinians, firing wildly, brought about the tragic death of the journalist,” Bennett claimed in a statement.

Abu Akleh, 51, was shot dead while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, on Wednesday morning. Another journalist, Ali Al-Samoudi, was shot in the back, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Al Jazeera’s Palestine Bureau Chief at Al Jazeera Media Network, Walid Al Omari, affirmed that Abu Akleh was shot dead by an Israeli sniper despite wearing a vest with ‘PRESS’ insignia.

Therefore, we stress the need to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its repeated crimes against journalists, aiming to cover up its almost daily crimes against the Palestinian people.

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