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Gantz: We have asked the Palestinians for the bullet that killed Abu Akleh

Defense Minister Benny Gantz gives a statement to the press at IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, March 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz gives a statement to the press at IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, March 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz says that he regrets Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh’s death, adding that while Israeli officials cannot yet determine how she died, they intend to carry out a thorough investigation “to expose the truth.”

“Unfortunately, we do not have a way to conduct a forensic investigation, so we appealed to the Palestinians to give us the bullet [to conduct a ballistic analysis],” he says at a briefing for foreign reporters.

“We are in the middle of the investigation, and I do not want to rule out any scenario at the moment. I can say that Israel sees great importance in safeguarding human life and freedom of the press.”

Gantz adds that the incident will not stop Israel from undertaking counter-terror operations in the West Bank, and in particular Jenin — which is home to several perpetrators of a recent wave of terror attacks.

“We will continue to act against the terrorists, and at the same time we will continue to do everything possible to separate them from the population because these are our values and it is also in our interest if we want to maintain stability,” he says.

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