Shireen Abu Akleh’s family demanded that the International Criminal Court (ICC) conduct an inquiry after rejecting Israeli conclusions regarding her death on Monday.
The Palestinian journalist was most likely killed by “wrong gunfire” from an Israeli soldier, the Israeli army claimed earlier on Monday, claiming a “high chance” that the reporter was killed by soldiers firing at Palestinian attackers during skirmishes.
The family of Abu Akleh accused the Israeli government and army in a statement of “trying to obfuscate the facts and dodge accountability” for the journalist’s passing.
According to many investigations carried out by CNN, the Associated Press, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Al-Haq, and other media outlets over the course of more than four months, Shireen was shot and murdered by an Israeli soldier.
“As a result of several investigations performed by CNN, the Associated Press, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Al-Haq, B’tselem, the United Nations, and others, we have known for more than four months that an Israeli soldier shot and murdered Shireen, it added. “However, as predicted, Israel has declined to accept blame for killing Shireen.
“Since it is clear to everyone that Israeli war criminals are unable to look into their own crimes, our family is not surprised by this conclusion. But we continue to be extremely wounded, angry, and disappointed,” the statement read.
The family said, “As Israel is unable to hold itself accountable, we demand a thorough inquiry by the ICC.”
On May 11, Abu Akleh was shot to death, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.