JENIN – The Israeli army has admitted that Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
was “accidentally” killed by regime gunfire in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in May, saying, however, that it will not open any criminal investigation into the brutal killing. The acknowledgement came Monday after a latest Israeli investigation concluded that there was a “high possibility” that the Al Jazeera journalist was shot dead by an Israeli soldier who mistook her for an armed Palestinian. “There is a high possibility that Ms. Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by IDF gunfire that was fired at suspects identified as Palestinian gunmen,” the Israeli investigation said. The report stated that she could have been killed by Palestinian gunfire although all independent investigations into the shooting have completely dispelled the allegation.