The Israeli military admitted that Shirin Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli fire, but would not charge the troops.

,[I]It appears that it is not possible to unambiguously determine the source of the bullets that killed and killed Ms. Abu Akleh. However, there is a high possibility that Ms. Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by IDF bullets that were fired at suspects identified as armed Palestinian gunmen during the shootout,” the IDF said in a statement. Told.

A senior IDF official, who briefed reporters on the findings of the army’s investigation before being released, said the IDF soldiers did not know they were shooting at the press, adding that Abu Akleh’s back was “probably”. The contributing factor was turned to the soldiers. In images from the shooting scene, Abu Akleh is wearing a protective vest with “PRESS” written on both the front and back.

“When they were firing in that direction, the soldiers were not aware that they were firing at the journalists. They thought they were firing at the terrorists who were firing at them,” the IDF officer said.

When asked about the investigation, including CNNWho did not find any terrorists near Abu Akleh when she was killed, the official said: “It is our guess that there were terrorists in the vicinity of Ms. Abu Akleh. Maybe not a meter away from her, but they were in that area.” were in,” but the officer did not provide evidence to support that claim.

“When the soldier took this decision, it was a decision,” the officer said. “Soldier did not intend to injure Al Jazeera journalist [journalist] from another network.”

The officer said, “The soldier is sorry, and I am sorry. This should not have happened and should not have happened. He did not do it intentionally.” He did not name the soldier.

When he was killed, Abu Akleh was accompanied by a group of other journalists, including his producer Ali al-Samoudi, who was injured in the incident.

According to a Palestinian autopsy, Abu Akleh died of a single bullet in the back of the head.