NY Times probe: Israeli forces fatally shot Al Jazeera’s Abu Akleh

Israeli occupation forces shot dead Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent, Shereen Abu Aqleh, during a military raid in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on May 11, 2022

New York City (QNN)- A New York Times probe has found that an Israeli occupation soldier fatally shot Al Jazeera’s veteran Palestinian-American correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, noting that no armed Palestinians were near Abu Akleh at the time she was killed in the occupied West Bank.

Published on Monday, the monthlong probe by The New York Times, titled “The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy,” concluded that “the bullet that killed Ms. Abu Akleh was fired from the approximate location of the Israeli military convoy, most likely by a soldier from an elite unit.”

The probe also confirmed that no Palestinian armed men were near Abu Akleh at the time she was killed in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, disputing an early Israeli claim referencing the possibility that it was killed by a Palestinian fire.

The report also said that the “Palestinian deaths rarely attract international scrutiny, and soldiers accused of crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank are rarely convicted.”

The Times investigation also showed that “16 shots were fired from the location of the Israeli convoy, as opposed to Israeli claims that the soldier had fired five bullets in the journalists’ direction.”

“The Times found no evidence that the person who fired recognized Ms. Abu Akleh and targeted her personally. The Times was unable to determine whether the shooter saw that she and her colleagues were wearing protective vests emblazoned with the word Press,” the report added.

The probe relied on available video footage, witness testimonies and an acoustic analysis of the bullets fired around the time Abu Akleh was killed.

Reports by the investigative group Bellingcat, The Associated Press, CNN and The Washington Post also concluded that Israeli forces likely killed Abu Akleh.

The CNN investigation in May said evidence suggests that the veteran journalist was killed in a “targeted attack by Israeli forces”.

A probe by the Palestinian Authority also found that Abu Akleh was deliberately shot by Israeli forces.

51-year-old Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the head while she was covering an Israeli military raid into the Jenin refugee camp despite wearing a press vest on May 11, sparking international outrage and calls for accountability for attacks on journalists. The slain journalist covered events and Israeli aggressions in the occupied Palestinian territory for 25 years.

(Source / 21.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty-One Palestinians In West Bank

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, searched and ransacked dozens of homes, and abducted at least twenty-one Palestinians, including three children.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded many villages and towns in the governorate and abducted Mohammad Abdullah al-Kasiyya, Yazan Rashid Elian, Mohammad Kharroub, Yousef Ghawanma, and former political prisoner Yousef Ehab Zobeidi, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp.

The soldiers also abducted Mohammad Amjad Safi from Surda town, northeast of Ramallah, and former political prisoner Ali Zahi Barghouthi from Kobar town northwest of Ramallah.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Tuqu’ town, east of the city, searched many homes, and abducted Mostafa Amer Sabah, 14, Ibrahim Samir Sabah, 14, Mohammad Yassin Sabah, 13, Omar Thieb al-Amour, 30, and Nayef Mahmoud Hajahja, 19.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Hussein al-Kharouf and Mo’tasem Jibril al-Jeyyawi, from Ethna town, and Abdullah Rif’at Awawda, 21, from Karma village, and Othman Yasser Abu Arram from Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron.

In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, Amhad Damoun and Mohammad Omar Abu Jaber, from Qabatia town, south of the city, and former political prisoner Haitham Fayeq Ghawadra from Be’er al-Basha village, southwest of the city.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Kathem Morad Hanani from Beit Furik town, east of the city.

In Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted former political prisoner Monir Ibrahim Fuqaha, 28.

(Source / 21.06.2022)

Army Invades Palestinian Farmlands In Northern Gaza

On Tuesday morning, several Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmlands near the perimeter fence in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said many military vehicles, including several bulldozers and tanks, advanced dozens of meters into the Palestinian land near Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

They added that the soldiers fired gas bombs and several live rounds to force the farmers to leave and bulldozed large sections close to the fence while military drones flew overhead.

On Monday evening, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near the western area of the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Earlier Monday, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday evening, several Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmlands near the fence, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed them.

On Saturday morning, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

On Friday night, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern parts of the besieged coastal region.

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers fired many high-velocity gas bombs at Palestinian farmers on their lands east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

A week earlier, Israeli soldiers injured Palestinian farmers on their lands near the perimeter fence east of Gaza city.

The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 21.06.2022)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Nablus

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian from his home in Beit Furik town, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the town and closed several streets before storming and searching homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted Kathem Morad Hanani, from his home, and took him to an unknown destination.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Balata refugee camp, south of Nablus, and searched several homes, causing excessive damage to the wall and furniture.

During the invasion, the soldiers detained Ahmad Abu Thra’ and Mohammad Au Thra’, but released them later.

Also Tuesday dawn, the soldiers invaded Qabatia town and Be’er al-Basha village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, shot two Palestinians during ensuing protests, and abducted three others from their homes.

(Source / 21.06.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli Army Orders Palestinian Farmer To Remove Greenhouse

TUBAS, Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces last night ordered the removal of a Palestinian-owned greenhouse in the occupied West Bank city of Tubas, according to a local official.

Mutaz Bisharat, an official in the Tubas governorate, said that the Israeli forces ordered a local resident to remove his one-dunum greenhouse located in the Tubas valley.

The Israeli occupation authorities demolished hundreds of structures in the occupied West Bank, mainly in the Jordan Valley, and East Jerusalem on the grounds of lacking an Israeli construction permit, which is almost impossible to obtain for Palestinians under current Israeli policies.

(Source / 21.06.2022)

Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians, Abduct Three, In Jenin

On Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded Qabatia town and Be’er al-Basha village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, shot two Palestinians during ensuing protests, and abducted three others from their homes.

Several army vehicles invaded Qabatia, leading to protests before the soldiers shot two young men with live fire.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot one Palestinian in the abdomen, and one in the leg, before the medics rushed them to Jenin governmental hospital.

The soldiers also invaded and searched many homes in Qabatia before abducting two former political prisoners, Amjad ad-Damoun and Mohammad Omar Abu Jaber.

In Be’er al-Basha village, the soldiers also invaded and searched homes and abducted a former political prisoner, Haitham Fayeq Ghawadra.

(Source / 21.06.2022)

Israeli Navy Ships Attack Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza

On Monday evening, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near the western area of the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Fishermen’s Syndicate in Gaza said the navy ships fired a barrage of live rounds at the fishing boats, less than six nautical miles from the Rafah shore.

The syndicate added that the attack did not lead to injuries but forced the fishermen to leave to avoid further Israeli escalation.

Earlier Monday, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday evening, several Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmlands near the fence, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed them.

On Saturday morning, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

On Friday night, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern parts of the besieged coastal region.

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers fired many high-velocity gas bombs at Palestinian farmers on their lands east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

A week earlier, Israeli soldiers injured Palestinian farmers on their lands near the perimeter fence east of Gaza city.

The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 21.06.2022)

Army Abducts Eight Palestinians In Jerusalem

On Monday, Israeli soldiers abducted eight Palestinians, including two children, in several parts of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Mohammad Mahmoud, a lawyer of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic), said the soldiers abducted two children, Yazan al-Majed and Mo’taz Marqasto, from the al-Wad Street in the Old City.

Mahmoud added that the soldiers also abducted Mahmoud Siyam and a young woman, from other parts of the West Bank, for entering Jerusalem without permits. The two Palestinians came to Jerusalem to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The soldiers also abducted a woman, Suad Obeydiyya, from the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In the Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Ala’ al-Jolani and Ahmad Sheikh Ali.

In Abu Dis town, east of Jerusalem, the soldiers assaulted and injured a young man, Daoud Omar Qureia’, before abducting him.

The soldiers also invaded the Abu Tayeh and Ein al-Louza neighborhoods in Silwan, installed roadblocks, and fired gas bombs at Palestinians who protested the invasion.

Earlier Monday, the soldiers abducted a young man, Khaled Melhis, after storming and searching his home in the Bab Huta area in the Old City.

In the Gaza Strip, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

On Monday dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded many communities across the occupied West Bank, searched and ransacked dozens of homes before abducting nine Palestinians, and wounding two others.

(Source / 21.06.2022)