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Israeli probe finds ‘high probability’ IDF soldier accidentally shot Shireen Abu Akleh

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

A mural of slain of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, in Gaza City, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A mural of slain of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, in Gaza City, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The Israel Defense Forces releases the final findings of its long-awaited investigation into the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

According to the probe, the IDF says there is a “high probability” Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli gunfire during a clash between IDF troops and Palestinian gunmen in Jenin in May.

However, the probe states that while the gunfire was aimed at the area she was standing, she was not intentionally targeted. The IDF says the shooting was aimed at what troops identified as Palestinian gunmen.

A criminal investigation will not be opened, as the Military Advocate General says there is no suspicion of criminal activity in the case.

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