Journalist killed in the West Bank: the origin of the shooting not determined according to an Israeli preliminary investigation

Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head on Wednesday during a military operation in the occupied West Bank.

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Lhe Israeli army said Friday that it was not immediately possible to determine the origin of the shooting which killed the Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, during an Israeli raid in the West Bank, according to the preliminary results of his investigation.

A star reporter

The Al Jazeera reporter was covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin camp in the northern West Bank on Wednesday when she was killed by a bullet to the head. She wore a bullet-proof vest marked “press” and a news helmet.

“The conclusion of the preliminary report is that it is not possible to determine the source of the shot that hit and killed the reporter” in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin, the army said in a statement.

Israel “completely responsible”, according to the Palestinian president

On Wednesday, Israel, after saying that the journalist had “probably” succumbed to Palestinian fire, said it did not rule out that the bullet was fired by its soldiers.

The Israeli army said it would continue the investigation with all available means but regretted the absence of key elements that could determine the origin of the shooting.

The Israeli authorities are demanding that the bullet that was fatal to the journalist be given to them in order to carry out a ballistic examination. The Jewish state has proposed that Palestinian and American experts be present during this examination.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that he held the Israeli authorities “completely responsible” for the journalist’s death, refusing a joint investigation with Israel.

A first autopsy was conducted in the West Bank shortly after his death but no results have been released.

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