Shireen Abu Akleh, a journalist for Al Jazeera TV, was killed on May 11 by a bullet that was fired by Israeli forces, according to the United Nations, which released its conclusions on Friday.
The Palestinian-American journalist was killed on May 11 while documenting an Israeli army operation in the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank. He was wearing a vest labelled “Press” and a helmet.
“We find that the shots that killed Abu Akleh came from Israeli security forces,” UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.
“It is deeply disturbing that Israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation.
“We at the UN Human Rights Office have concluded our independent monitoring into the incident.
“The shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured 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.
She stated that the military in Israel and the Palestinian attorney general provided the information.
“We have found no information suggesting that there was activity by armed Palestinians in the immediate vicinity of the journalists,” Shamdasani said.
The UN rights office examined photo, video, and audio evidence, visited the scene, spoke with experts, read official communications, and spoke with witnesses as part of its human rights monitoring process.
The research revealed that seven journalists arrived at the Jenin refugee camp’s western entrance shortly after 6:00 am.
At around 6:30 am, as four of the journalists turned into a particular street, “several single, seemingly well-aimed bullets were fired toward them from the direction of the Israeli security forces.
“One single bullet injured Ali Sammoudi in the shoulder; another single bullet hit Abu Akleh in the head and killed her instantly.”
Michelle Bachelet, the head of the UN human rights office, has urged Israel to launch a criminal investigation into the death of Abu Akleh as well as any other deaths carried out by Israeli forces in the West Bank and during operations to enforce the law in Gaza.