The US “welcomed” the review by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) into the circumstances leading to the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akle, and again “underscored the importance in this case of accountability, such as policies and procedures for preventing similar incidents in the future”. This was reported by the Israeli agency TPS, specially for BTA.
Abu Akle was likely killed by mistake by IS fire during an anti-terrorist operation in the Jenin refugee camp on May 11, the IS said on Monday after an extensive investigation.
A spokesman for the IS said that after several investigations carried out by a special team, “it appears that it is not possible to determine unequivocally by whom Shireen Abu Akle was shot, but it is more likely that she was accidentally hit by IS firing, targeting those identified as Palestinian terrorists during a battle in which mass, indiscriminate and life-threatening shots were fired at IDF soldiers.
Abu Akle was an American citizen, and the Biden administration has been putting pressure on the government of [израелския премиер] Lapid to complete the investigation into the circumstances leading to her death.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the U.S. has “taken as a priority [задачата] to alleviate and respond to civilian damage caused by military operations’.
He added that the US Department of Defense has recently highlighted the need to improve its own assessments and practices to ensure civilian harm is reduced, and “we will continue to share best practices with our military partners and allies around the world “.
“Our thoughts remain with Abu Akle’s family grieving this tremendous loss – and with many others around the world who have allowed Shireen and her news into their homes for more than two decades,” Price said.
“Sheerin was not only an American citizen, she was a fearless reporter whose journalism and pursuit of the truth earned her the respect of audiences around the world,” he said.
After the release of the report, ISO Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said Abu Akle’s death was a “regrettable event. The incident occurred during an operational activity to thwart Palestinian terrorism, which aims to harm the citizens of the State of Israel.”
“Every day, ISOs operate in the most complex locations of Judea and Samaria and demonstrate a very high level of professional behavior and values, while being careful not to harm people who are not involved. ISO has invested heavily in this and in ensuring journalistic coverage during action and freedom of the press,” he stressed.
In contrast, “Palestinian terrorists hide among the population and often operate with the aid of the Palestinian population and regularly threaten it. This is a challenge for the ISO, but it is our professional and moral duty to attack terrorist activity and thwart it everywhere, and it is our duty to fulfill our mission of protecting the State of Israel and its citizens.”
Israel has not announced plans to compensate Abu Akle’s family.
(News selected by the Israeli agency TPS for publication by BTA without interference with the text according to the cooperation agreement between the agencies)