CNN investigates the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 and says she was targeted by an Israeli sniper positioned 600 feet away from her with a clear line of sight.
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A comprehensive report on Shireen Abu Akleh’s murder, and why it played out the way it did. Her story, like that of the Palestinian people, is one of courage in the face of injustice. In mourning her murder, let us acknowledge the facts of Palestinian life – and death.
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian boy and shot another teen in the leg, a few hours after they killed a Palestinian-American journalist and injured another journalist… So far this year, Israeli occupation forces have killed 45 Palestinians, including 35 civilians: 8 children, 3 women & a female journalist; 17 Israelis have been killed…
It was an Israeli sniper that shot at us. We were not caught up in crossfire with Palestinian fighters like the Israeli army claimed… The funeral procession arrived at the small monastery in the city, and the church bells began ringing for Shireen, who is from a Christian family from Bethlehem. Around Shireen’s corpse, we all stood as Muslims and Christians, listening to the priest’s prayer in silence…
Israel can falsely claim that the bullet that killed Shirin might not have been fired by its army, but there is nothing new here. Israel’s standard procedure is to whitewash its crimes.
Israeli warplanes continue to pummel Gaza, Health Ministry now reporting a death toll of 87 Palestinians – 18 of them children – and 530 wounded. Israeli casualties largely unchanged: 7 deaths, several dozen injuries. Biden administration blocks UN statement aimed at reducing violence. Journalism groups condemn Israel’s targeting of journalists.
Israeli forces regularly target Palestinian journalists: shooting to kill or injure, arresting and detaining, and various forms of censorship in an attempt to control the narrative – to keep a lid on the truth.