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Defying intl. outcry, Israel says will not cooperate with any external probe into murder of Palestinian journalist

Israel has once again defied all international calls for justice in the killing of veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying it will not cooperate with any external investigation into her murder.

The regime’s Minister for Military Affairs Benny Gantz made the remarks on Monday after the emergence of reports that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a probe into the reporter’s killing.

“The US Justice Ministry’s decision to investigate the unfortunate death of Shireen Abu Akleh is a serious mistake,” Gantz said in a statement.

Wearing press attire, 51-year-old Abu Akleh was murdered in cold blood while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on May 11. Later, her funeral was also attacked by the regime’s forces.

Following long denial, the Israeli military finally admitted in September that Abu Akleh might have “accidentally” been killed by Israeli fire directed “towards suspects identified as armed Palestinian gunmen.”

Palestinian officials and Abu Akleh’s family have said they believe she was killed deliberately by Israeli forces and have rejected Israeli statements that there were Palestinian fighters around where she was standing.

Israel has once again defied all international calls for justice in the killing of veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying it will not cooperate with any external investigation into her murder.

The regime’s Minister for Military Affairs Benny Gantz made the remarks on Monday after the emergence of reports that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a probe into the reporter’s killing.

“The US Justice Ministry’s decision to investigate the unfortunate death of Shireen Abu Akleh is a serious mistake,” Gantz said in a statement.

Wearing press attire, 51-year-old Abu Akleh was murdered in cold blood while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on May 11. Later, her funeral was also attacked by the regime’s forces.

Following long denial, the Israeli military finally admitted in September that Abu Akleh might have “accidentally” been killed by Israeli fire directed “towards suspects identified as armed Palestinian gunmen.”

Palestinian officials and Abu Akleh’s family have said they believe she was killed deliberately by Israeli forces and have rejected Israeli statements that there were Palestinian fighters around where she was standing.

 

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