Al Jazeera Releases Photos of Bullet It Claims Killed Palestinian Reporter Shireen Abu Akleh

The bullet is an armor-piercing type used by the Israeli army and was shot from an M-4 rifle, according to Al Jazeera

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
The bullet that reportedly hit Shireen Abu Akleh, according to Al Jazeera.
The bullet that reportedly hit Shireen Abu Akleh, according to Al Jazeera.Credit: Al Jazeera
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Al Jazeera published photos Thursday night of what it said was the bullet that killed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin last month.

The bullet is an armor-piercing type used by the Israel Defense Forces and was shot from an M-4 rifle, the Qatari television station said. It added that the bullet, whose tip was painted green, distorted when it hit Abu Akleh’s helmet.

A picture of a bullet is similar to the one that according to the investigation hit Shireen Abu Akleh.

Last month, chief Palestinian prosecutor Akram Al-Khatib presented the findings of the Palestinian Authority’s investigation into the journalist’s death. He claimed the bullet was fired by a sniper standing around 170 meters away from her, saying that the bullet had a 5.56mm diameter, which is the caliber used in sniper rifles.

The Israeli army repeated on Friday its offer for a joint inquiry into the death of Abu Akleh. "Israel and the PA occasionally conduct joint probes and their refusal to do so now is a testament to their concerns," a statement by the army's spokesperson unit said.

The army also emphasized that Abu Akleh was not deliberately shot and that it cannot be determined if she was shot by Palestinian gunmen or Israeli troops.

Abu Akleh, who worked for Al Jazeera, was killed while Israeli soldiers were conducting an operation to arrest wanted men in the Jenin refugee camp.

Armed Palestinians responded with massive gunfire at the Israelis.
Her death was widely covered in the international media and sparked harsh criticism of the IDF and Israeli policy in the territories.

Type of gun suspected of being used to kill Abu Akleh.Credit: Al Jazeera

The Biden administration also criticized Israel and demanded explanations of the journalist’s death. Abu Akleh was an American citizen.

Various sources told Haaretz this week that the findings of an internal police inquiry into the police’s conduct at Abu Akleh’s funeral found flaws in their handling of the procession. Nevertheless, they added, neither criminal nor disciplinary charges will be filed against any of the officers – a decision they said was made in advance.

The inquiry found that police did need to use force against the pallbearers, the sources said, but concluded that they didn’t need to use batons.

The sources added that the police forces were not prepared to handle rioters at the hospital, and did not take control of the exit gate – which ultimately enabled mourners to reach the coffin. It also said that some of the mourners were chanting inciting slogans.

Sources with knowledge of the police investigation said that the commander overseeing the event was a lieutenant colonel, despite such a sensitive event usually necessitating the supervision of a senior commander.

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