A Palestinian holds a candle and a picture of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, killed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank, on May 11, 2022, in Gaza. ADEL HANA / AP Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on May 11 by Israeli Defense Forces gunfire, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCDC) has concluded. announced Friday, June 24, a spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani. “All the information we have gathered – including from the Israeli army and the Palestinian attorney general – supports the fact that the shots that killed Ms. Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from the Israeli security forces and not from shots indiscriminate attacks from armed Palestinians, as initially claimed by the Israeli authorities,” Ms. Shamdasani said at a press briefing in Geneva. “We found no information to suggest that there was any activity by armed Palestinians near the journalists,” she insisted, saying it was “deeply disturbing that the Israeli authorities did not open to judicial inquiry”. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers The death of Al-Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, places Israel face to face with its responsibilities as an occupier Other investigations with the same conclusions The American-Palestinian journalist, star of the Al channel -Jazeera, was wearing a bulletproof jacket with the word “press” written on it and a protective helmet when she was hit by a bullet just below the cut of her helmet. She was on the outskirts of the Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold of Palestinian armed factions, where Israeli forces were carrying out a raid. Several investigations, conducted by the Palestinian chief prosecutor or the American channel CNN, had also concluded that Ms. Abu Akleh had been killed by Israeli fire. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh: Israel still rules out the opening of a criminal investigation “The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, continues to urge the Israeli authorities to open a criminal investigation into the murder of Ms. Abu Akleh and all other killings and serious injuries committed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and in the context of law enforcement operations in Gaza,” the door continued. -word. “No warning” or shooting According to the HCDC, since the beginning of 2022, the Israeli army has killed fifty-eight Palestinians in the West Bank, including thirteen children. “International human rights law requires a prompt, thorough, transparent, independent and impartial investigation into any use of force resulting in death or serious injury. The perpetrators must be held accountable,” Ms. Shamdasani stressed. “In line with our global human rights monitoring methodology, our office inspected photo, video and audio material, visited locations, consulted with experts, reviewed official communications and interviewed witnesses. “, underlined the spokesperson. Ms. Bachelet’s services concluded that the journalists had chosen an approach “making them visible to the Israeli forces deployed in the street”. “Our findings show that no warnings were issued and no shootings were taking place at this time and place,” Shamdasani said, repeating that the journalists were wearing clearly marked protective gear. It was then that several shots from the Israeli forces targeted them, she said. Listen also Who was Shireen Abu Akleh, the journalist killed in an Israeli army raid? The World with AFP
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