On Friday, June 24, 2022, the United Nations said that its findings showed that the shot that Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli occupation forces on May 11.
“We find that the shots that killed Abu Akleh came from Israeli security forces,” UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.
“The shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians, as initially claimed by Israeli authorities,” she said.
She added that the information came from the Israeli military and the Palestinian attorney general.
“We have found no information suggesting that there was activity by armed Palestinians in the immediate vicinity of the journalists,” Shamdasani said.
Meanwhile, 24 US senators sent a letter to President Joe Biden calling for Washington to be “directly involved” in investigating the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
“Since that time, there has been no significant progress toward the establishment of an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into her killing,” read the letter, signed by 24 Democrat senators.
Abu Akleh was shot and killed while reporting on the Israeli military raid in Jenin. Video footage showed Abu Akleh, 51, wearing a flak jacket with “Press” clearly visible.