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Army chief vows to fully investigate circumstances of Al Jazeera reporter’s death

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi speaks during a ceremony honoring wounded soldiers, in Tel Aviv, on November 21, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi speaks during a ceremony honoring wounded soldiers, in Tel Aviv, on November 21, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi says the military is sorry for the death of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin this morning, and vows to fully investigate the circumstances.

“At this stage, it is not possible to determine whose shooting she was hit by and we are sorry for her death,” Kohavi says in a statement published by the IDF.

Israel has indicated that the journalist may have been hit by bullets fired by Palestinian gunmen, but has not provided proof for this claim.

“In order to get to the truth, we have set up a special team that will clarify the facts and present them in full and as soon as possible,” he said.

The team will be headed by Col. Meni Liberati, head of the IDF’s Commando Brigade.

“The soldiers operated under fire, and showed courage and determination to protect the citizens of the country, and we will continue to do so wherever we are required,” Kohavi adds.

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