The UN has finally corroborated the account of Abu Aqla’s colleagues, who at the time said Israeli snipers indiscriminately opened fire on them
The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) announced on 24 June that the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqla was fired by Israeli troops. “All information we have gathered … is consistent with the finding that the shots that killed Abu Aqla and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians,” OHCHR spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva. “It is deeply disturbing that Israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation,” Shamdasani went on to add. According to Israeli media reports last month, occupation authorities believed that questioning Israeli forces would cause “controversy in the army and society.” Shireen Abu Aqla was murdered by Israeli forces on 11 May while wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest clearly labeled PRESS. In the hours following her death, Abu Aqla’s colleagues revealed in no uncertain terms that Israeli troops had opened fire on them.
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