Lapid: Can’t say who killed Abu Akleh, but can say it wasn’t on purpose

Prime Minister Yair Lapid says an IDF probe into the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh found that she was not targeted when she was shot while covering a gun battle in Jenin in May.

Lapid does not mention the US determination that Israeli troops likely fired the fatal bullet, instead focusing on the lack of conclusive evidence.

“The IDF probe clarifies that it cannot be determined who is responsible for the unfortunate death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but it can determined with certainty that there was no intention to hurt her.”

Prime Minister Yair Lapid leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on July 3, 2022. (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)

He notes that journalists die all over the world, though “it’s obvious that Israel is interested in protecting journalists and freedom of the press in any place and under all conditions.”

He also says he gives full backing to Israel troops “risking their lives to protect Israeli citizens against terror.”

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