Shireen Abu Akleh: UN says Al Jazeera journalist killed by 'Israeli security forces'

Shireen Abu Akleh: UN says Al Jazeera journalist killed by 'Israeli security forces'
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The United Nations joined a long list of organisations on Friday, including several global news outlets, who have concluded that veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by 'Israeli security forces'.
The UN dismissed claims that 'indiscriminate firing by Palestinians' killed Shireen [source: Getty]

The United Nations said on Friday information it had gathered confirmed that the shot that killed Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was fired by Israeli forces.

"All information we have gathered... is consistent with the finding that 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," UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.

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The veteran journalist was shot in the head while covering a raid on Jenin refugee camp on 11 May. 

The Palestinian Authority (PA) already concluded in their probe that an Israeli soldier shot Abu Akleh, in what they described as a war crime.

The New York Times on Monday joined a long list of news organisations, including CNN, The Washington Post, Associated Press and Bellingcat, who have concluded Shireen was likely killed by Israeli forces. 

Witnesses had from the moment of her killing said Israel was responsible, with many of these news outlets disputing their accounts.

Israel, which has repeatedly changed its story about the death of the Palestinian icon, has repeatedly rejected these reports. 

The veteran reporter was revered by Palestinians as a hero, and thousands attended her funeral in May to pay their respects and demand justice for her death.