Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran Palestinian journalist, was killed by an armor-piercing bullet fired directly at her head by an Israeli sniper, according to Palestinian attorney-general Akram Al-Khatib.
At a news conference in Ramallah, Al-Khatib released details from the Public Prosecution’s findings on the assassination of the Al Jazeera journalist.
“An Israeli sniper shot Abu Akleh in the head while she was attempting to flee, despite the fact that she was wearing a helmet and a vest plainly marked with the word ‘PRESS,'” he claimed.
Other journalists who were accompanying Abu Akleh were also “deliberately” targeted by gunfire, according to Al-Khatib.
The bullet that killed the Palestinian journalist had broad and specific markings that matched a Mini Ruger semi-automatic sniper weapon, according to him.
In the meantime, Al Jazeera has declared that it will refer the murder case of Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“The Network pledges to take every step necessary to bring those guilty for Shireen’s death to justice and hold them accountable in all international justice and legal platforms and courts,” it said on its website.
Abu Akleh, 51, was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military assault near the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on May 11.
Israeli forces killed her, according to Palestinian officials and her employing Doha-based network, Al Jazeera.