Al Jazeera publishes an image of a bullet that allegedly killed a journalist


JERUSALEM (UKTN) — The Al Jazeera news network has released an image of the bullet it says killed its veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was covering an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank last month.

He identified the bullet as an American-made 5.56mm bullet fired from an M4 rifle, commonly used by Israeli forces. The Israeli army claims that Palestinian militants use the same ammunition.

The military has released its own image of bags of bullets it says were confiscated in a raid last month. The chips in both images look identical, with green marking on the tips.

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Al Jazeera did not say how it obtained the alleged image of the bullet, which is held by the Palestinian Authority. The photo shows what appears to be a curved spent ball in a clear plastic container labeled with a red marker.

An UK Time News reconstruction of the shooting supports accounts by Palestinian witnesses that Abu Akleh was shot by Israeli forces, but did not come to a definitive conclusion. Al Jazeera and the Palestinian Authority have accused Israel of targeting her, which Israel categorically denies.

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The Israeli army says she was killed in a complex military operation in which troops exchanged fire with Palestinian militants. He says only sophisticated ballistic analysis of the bullet could determine whether it was fired by an Israeli soldier or a militant.

The UKTN says it has overwhelming evidence that Israel was responsible and has refused to hand over the bullet for analysis or cooperate with Israel in any way. Her own investigation revealed that she had been killed by a 5.56mm bullet fired from a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle.

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Israel claims to have identified the army rifle that could have fired the fatal bullet but would need to analyze the bullet to reach a firm conclusion. He did not provide details about the rifle.

Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian-American, was a highly respected on-air correspondent for Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language service which covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for more than 25 years.


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