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An independent probe points to Israeli gunfire in the death of a journalist

Added 05-16-22 08:07:01am EST - “One open-source research team said its initial findings lent support to Palestinian witnesses who said Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli fire.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “An independent probe points to Israeli gunfire in the death of a journalist”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A mural in Gaza City of the Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed. Adel Hana/AP hide caption

JERUSALEM — As Israel and the Palestinians wrangle over the investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, several independent groups have launched their own probes. One open-source research team said its initial findings lent support to Palestinian witnesses who said she was killed by Israeli fire.

The outcome of these investigations could help shape international opinion over who is responsible for Abu Akleh's death, particularly if an official Israeli military probe drags on. Israel and the Palestinians are locked in a war of narratives that already has put Israel on the defensive.

Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American and a 25-year veteran of the satellite channel, was killed last Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. She was a household name across the Arab world, known for documenting the hardship of Palestinian life under Israeli rule, now in its sixth decade.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said he had spoken to Abu Akleh's family to express condolences and respect for her work "as well as the need to have an immediate and credible investigation" into her death.

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