Palestinians urge Israelis to hand over gun used to kill Abu Akleh

3. Shireen Abu Akleh
A priest censes during the 40th day after death memorial service for the late Palestinian and veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of the Presentation of the Lord at the Temple in the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem on June 18, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — The Palestinian Authority on Sunday called on Israel to hand over the gun they say fired the shot which killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, according to AFP.اضافة اعلان

Abu Akleh was shot and killed on May 11 while covering an Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

A Palestinian probe said that an Israeli soldier killed the veteran Palestinian-American reporter, echoing findings by Al Jazeera, CNN, The New York Times, and several other major news organizations.

While Israeli authorities have asked the Palestinian Authority to provide the bullet extracted from her body so it can conduct their own ballistic investigation, they have also changed their position on the investigation; early on they said there would be no criminal review into the incident.

“We have refused to hand over the bullet to them, and we even demand that they hand over the weapon that murdered Shireen Abu Akleh,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said at a ceremony in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Sunday to mark 40 days since her death.

According to Al Jazeera, Israeli authorities initially said Palestinian fighters were responsible for her death, circulating video of Palestinian men shooting down an alleyway. However, researchers from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem found the spot where the clip was filmed and proved it was impossible to shoot Abu Akleh from there.

The Palestinian probe concluded that Abu Akleh was killed using a Ruger Mini-14, a semi-automatic weapon.

Israeli forces said their investigation into her killing has centered on one soldier who fired near the area where Abu Akleh was killed.

Abu Akleh’s brother Anton told the Ramallah ceremony — where photos of the reporter were displayed — that the family was “only seeking justice for Shireen”.

Israel’s army has said it has not yet concluded whether one of its soldiers will face criminal charges over Abu Akleh’s killing.

But the army’s top lawyer has said such charges would be unlikely given the circumstances surrounding her killing that, according to the military, amounted to active combat.

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