• New evidence suggests Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in targeted attack by Israeli forces - CNN

    ’They were shooting directly at the journalists’: New evidence suggests Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in targeted attack by Israeli forces

    By Zeena Saifi, Eliza Mackintosh, Celine Alkhaldi, Kareem Khadder, Katie Polglase and Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN
    Video by Livvy Doherty and Oscar Featherstone, CNN

    Updated 1804 GMT (0204 HKT) May 24, 2022

    (CNN)Several shots ring out in quick succession, cutting through a clear, blue spring morning in Jenin, in the West Bank. Crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack.
    The cameraman filming the scene scrambles backwards to take cover behind a low concrete wall. Then a man cries out in Arabic: “Injured! Shireen, Shireen, oh man, Shireen! Ambulance!”
    When the camera operator pans around the corner, Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh can be seen lying motionless, face down on the ground as another Palestinian reporter, Shatha Hanaysha, crouches down beside her, using a tree trunk for cover. Hanaysha reaches out and tries to rouse her as gunshots continue. There’s no response. Both women are wearing helmets and blue protective vests marked “Press.”
    In the moments that follow, a man in a white T-shirt makes several attempts to move Abu Akleh, but is forced back repeatedly by gunfire. Finally, after a few long minutes, he manages to drag her body from the street.
    The shaky video, filmed by Al Jazeera cameraman Majdi Banura, captures the scene when Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian-American was killed by a bullet to the head at around 6:30 a.m. on May 11. She had been standing with a group of journalists near the entrance of Jenin refugee camp, where they had come to cover an Israeli raid. While the footage does not show Abu Akleh being shot, eyewitnesses told CNN that they believe Israeli forces on the same street fired deliberately on the reporters in a targeted attack. All of the journalists were wearing protective blue vests that identified them as members of the news media. ​
    “We stood in front of the Israeli military vehicles for about five to ten minutes before we made moves to ensure they saw us. And this is a habit of ours as journalists, we move as a group and we stand in front of them so they know we are journalists, and then we start moving,” Hanaysha told CNN, describing their cautious approach toward the Israeli army convoy, before the gunfire began. (...)


    • Mort de Shireen Abu Akleh : une enquête de CNN pointe la responsabilité de l’armée israélienne
      Le Monde | Publié le 25 mai 2022

      S’appuyant notamment sur l’analyse de plusieurs vidéos, la chaîne américaine affirme que, contrairement aux déclarations d’Israël, aucun affrontement ne se déroulait près de la journaliste, qui a été tuée, selon CNN, dans une attaque ciblée de l’armée israélienne.
      Naftali Bennett, a même affirmé que la responsabilité de « Palestiniens armés » dans la « mort malheureuse de la journaliste » était « probable ». L’enquête préliminaire a, pour sa part, établi que si l’un de ces soldats avait tiré la balle qui a tué Mme Abu Akleh, il ne semblait pas coupable d’un crime, notamment parce que la journaliste se trouvait, au moment de sa mort, « au milieu d’une zone de combats intenses ».

      Une défense qu’une enquête menée par CNN – notamment à partir de deux vidéos de la scène, d’une analyse audio et de l’expertise d’un professionnel des armes explosives – déconstruit presque entièrement. Plus : la chaîne américaine affirme même que la journaliste a été tuée dans une attaque ciblée menée par l’armée israélienne. (...)