Palestinian Authority Rejects Joint Israeli Probe Into Al Jazeera Journalist Killing

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday strongly rejected Israel’s request to carry out a joint investigation into the death of a veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

“Israel requested a joint investigation and the handing over of the bullet that assassinated the journalist Shireen, and we refused that, and we affirmed that our investigation would be completed independently,” Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs Head, Hussein al-Sheikh said.

Al-Sheikh said that they will inform Shireen’s family, the US, Qatar and all official authorities and the public of the investigation which he claimed to be done with “high transparency”.

“All of the indicators, the evidence and the witnesses confirm her assassination by Israeli special units,” Al-Sheikh claimed in a tweet post.

Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, a well-known female journalist was shot in the head while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday.

Ali al-Samouid, another Palestinian journalist was also shot in the back, but he is in stable condition.

The Palestinians blamed Israel for Akleh death, and Israeli officials have sought for a joint investigation and doubt that Palestinian gunmen may have fired the fatal shot that led to the death of Shireen.

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