Israeli army denies reporter killed by their snipers

Preliminary inquiry, army wants to examine bullet

12 May, 14:01

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, MAY 12 - The Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was not in the line of fire of Israeli snipers on Wednesday at the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank during an Israeli operation against Palestinian militants, Israeli military radio reported on Thursday.

    The radio cited a preliminary investigation conducted Wednesday night by the Israeli army.

    The position of each soldier was reconstructed on a map of the area, with special attention to the behaviour of the snipers in positions to protect soldiers entering an ally.

    The broadcaster said that, judging from their positions, it was possible to ascertain that they were not in a line of fire with the journalist, who they said was in a lateral area.

    The broadcaster added that the army is still highly interested in seeing the bullet taken from the journalist's body, since they claim it might be compatible with the M16 rifles used by soldiers or with the Kalashnikovs used by the militants. (ANSAmed).

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