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Washington Post report claims Abu Akleh killed by IDF fire

Yellow tape marks bullet holes on a tree and a portrait and flowers create a makeshift memorial at the site where Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the West Bank city of Jenin, May 19, 2022.(Majdi Mohammed/AP)
Yellow tape marks bullet holes on a tree and a portrait and flowers create a makeshift memorial at the site where Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the West Bank city of Jenin, May 19, 2022.(Majdi Mohammed/AP)

A new Washington Post report into the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh last month claims that evidence points to it being most likely that she was killed by IDF gunfire.

The newspaper states that it examined “more than five dozen videos, social media posts and photos of the event, conducted two physical inspections of the area and commissioned two independent acoustic analyses of the gunshots.” That review, it claims, suggests that “an Israeli soldier in the convoy likely shot and killed Abu Akleh.”

Similar inquiries from CNN and AP have reached the same conclusion. Israel has said it is possible that she was killed by IDF gunfire, but said a full investigation cannot be complete without the bullet, which the Palestinian Authority has refused to turn over.

The IDF has yet to complete its own probe of the incident.

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