Shireen Abu Akleh: Journalist’s family welcome U.S. probe into her killing : TV360 Nigeria

The family of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by an Israeli soldier, on Tuesday has praised a U.S. decision to open a probe into her death.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed on Monday that they would open an investigation into the killing.

In their statement, Abu Akleh’s family said they were “ready to support” the investigation, and added that they hoped it would be “truly independent” and “follow” the evidence where it leads … toward accountability”.

This follows months of calls from Abu Akleh’s family as well as Palestinian solidarity groups and human rights defenders for an independent probe in order to hold the killers accountable.

The killing of the Al Jazeera reporter took place during an army operation in Jenin refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on May 11.

A statement from the Palestinian-American family said “This is an important step”, adding that U.S. authorities have a responsibility to investigate, “when a U.S. citizen is killed abroad, especially when they were killed, like Shireen, by a foreign military”.

Several investigations, including one by Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and Forensic Architecture, have concluded that Akleh was “targeted” by an Israeli sniper.

In September, Israel acknowledged for the first time that Israeli fire probably killed Abu Akleh. But the military stopped short of accepting responsibility for her death, vigorously denying allegations that a soldier targeted her and refusing to criminally investigate those involved.

Israel has said it conducted its own investigation, however, no action has been taken against any Israeli soldier.

Human rights groups have long accused the Israeli military of failing to properly investigate wrongdoing by its own troops and seldom holding forces accountable, while, Israel contends its investigations are independent and professional.

Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations welcomed the reported probe, expressing hope “our nation will finally hold Israel accountable for its violence targeting American citizens, journalists and other civilians.”

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