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Israel army reverses assertion Palestinian fire killed reporter

Israeli army chief Aviv Kochavi now says it was unclear who fired the shot that killed Shireen Abu Akleh.

Israel’s navy chief has walked again assertions made earlier that Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh could have been killed by stray bullets fired by Palestinian fighters.

Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi stated it was now unclear who fired the shot that killed Abu Akleh on Wednesday within the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

“At this stage, we cannot determine by whose fire she was harmed and we regret her death,” he stated, in accordance with information stories.

The Israeli army initially raised the chance that the veteran Al Jazeera journalist might need been killed by Palestinian gunfire, saying armed fighters had been additionally current within the space on the time the journalist was shot.

Releasing a video earlier on Wednesday displaying Palestinians firing in an alley on the Jenin camp, the Israeli army stated the video was meant to bolster its rivalry that armed Palestinians had been firing within the space on the time

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett additionally shared a tweet with a video clip showing to point out armed Palestinian fighters who he stated had claimed to have shot a soldier. Because no Israeli forces had been damage on Wednesday, he stated that prompt the gunmen had shot a journalist as an alternative.

“According to the data, we currently have, there is a considerable chance that armed Palestinians, who fired wildly, are what led to the unfortunate death of the journalist,” the prime minister wrote in a tweet.

However, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem carried out its personal analysis into the claims and launched a video on Wednesday that solid doubt on the Israeli army’s narrative of the killing of the journalist.

B’Tselem wrote in a collection of tweets that its discipline researcher in Jenin documented the precise places wherein the Palestinian fighter, depicted in a video distributed by the Israeli army, had fired the photographs. The researcher additionally recognized the precise location wherein Abu Akleh was shot and killed.

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“Documentation of Palestinian gunfire distributed by Israeli military cannot be the gunfire that killed Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh,” the organisation wrote in a tweet.

The organisation offered coordinates for the 2 places, which gave the impression to be about 300 metres (330 yards) aside and separated by partitions and buildings.

Dror Sadot, a spokeswoman for the rights group, stated its proof reveals “there is no way” that the gunfire proven within the video distributed by Israeli forces had killed Abu Akleh.

Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz stated in a while Wednesday that “the preliminary investigation conducted by the [Israeli army] in the last several hours indicate that no gunfire was directed at the journalist – however, the investigation is ongoing”.

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The European Union has known as for an “independent” investigation into her demise, whereas the US envoy to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, known as for the killing to be “transparently investigated”.

Asked about Israel’s openness to a global investigation, army spokesman Amnon Shefler stated the navy’s inside investigative methods had been “robust” and that it could conduct its personal probe.

Shefler informed reporters that Israel “would never deliberately target non-combatants”, calling the journalist’s demise “a tragedy that should not have occurred”.

Speaking to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director for Human Rights Watch, stated the organisation is wanting into the killing of Abu Akleh, however decried Israeli investigations as “mechanisms” for whitewashing.

“That is the assessment that’s been reached by human rights organisations including Israeli’s premier human rights organisation B’Tselem. Human Rights Watch has a similar diagnosis,”  he stated.

“The reality is there is no accountability for those sorts of abuses when it comes to actions by the Israeli authorities”.

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